How to Make Fresh, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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Making fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce is a process that requires red peppers, tomatoes, cayenne pepper and a few other tasty items. Make fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce with help from an experienced chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chef Brenden Darby, we're here in Santa Cruz, California, at Love Apple Farms, home of the best tomatoes in the world, and today I'm gonna show you how to make an amazing homemade tomato sauce. Our ingredients are egg plant, red peppers, some San Marzano tomatoes that are heirloom, and we're gonna roast those in the oven for a little bit, some cayenne pepper, Parmesan cheese, and we're gonna season all that with a little bit of red wine infusion. We're gonna start with our eggplant that we've salted a little bit. We're gonna caramelize that in the pan with a little olive oil. Just throw that in there. Then we're also gonna add our red peppers. While that caramelizes, I'm going to peel a couple tomatoes. I've blanched these tomatoes in boiling water, and then added them into an ice bath. That way their skins come off super easy. I'm gonna put them on a sheet tray, a little olive oil, and we're gonna put these in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, that way they caramelize and reduce in flavor a little bit. Once these have a nice brown color, I'm gonna add my olives here. I'm gonna throw those in, and then I'm also gonna add a little bit of my garlic. You want to add the garlic right at the end, that way it doesn't burn. You have to be very careful about that. And then once my tomatoes have cooked down, I'm gonna dice them up, just super small and nice good bite size, and then you an add those in as well. And once that's in the pan, I'm gonna let that cook down just a little bit, and then we're gonna de-glaze with a little red wine infusion. I've just taken a little bit of cheese cloth and wrapped some bay leaves and peppercorns and dropped it in some old red wine I had in the fridge. Gonna pour that in, just about a quarter cup in there. Now we can just let that sit. We'll turn the temp down, just a tiny bit, and let that simmer for about 15 minutes until it's reduced by one third. We want to give this a good stir, making sure to get all the good brown bits on the bottom, that's where all your flavor is. And next we're gonna add just a little bit of honey. A teaspoon of honey really gets rid of any sharp acidity in your sauce and rounds out your flavors. It's a really great way to season any tomato sauce, especially with fresh tomatoes. I'm gonna add a little bit of sauce, not too much. And a little fresh cracked pepper. And I'm gonna finish it off with a little bit of fresh basil, and we're just gonna let that wilt just a tiny bit before we put it on the plate. I'm just gonna pull some pasta I have cooking back here in some salted water. We have a little bit of pappardelle that I've made. So we're gonna add that to our plate here. Get any extra water out. Right on top there. And we're just gonna use our sauce right on top. Thank you for joining me here at Love Apple Farms. For further recipes on how I made that pasta there, you can check me out at Thank you.


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