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Recipe for Spaghetti

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Recently, when I was at a Christmas luncheon, two of my colleagues were talking about how they aren't fond of cooking. Then one admitted that she makes a mean sauce.

Sauce. It's one simple word without description. But when you say it, everyone knows exactly what you mean. It goes by many other names too: marinara, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, red sauce ... It's something you universal yet so individual. Everyone has their own spin.

Recipe for Spaghetti Sauce

Within my family, the standard for sauce is my grandmother's recipe. It was her signature dish, and one that she was rightfully proud of. She would start cooking the rich and meaty sauce early in the day, letting it simmer for hours. When evening would roll around, she would serve it over thick strands of spaghetti with slices of Italian bread and a sprinkle of parmesan.

That's one of those foods that I just crave. No one can top my grandmother's sauce. Not even me.

Anyway, the nice thing about spaghetti and the associated sauce is that you can customize it so much. Add a chicken *** and some cheese and you have chicken parmesan. A few meatballs? It's a hearty dinner. Toss in some roasted vegetables and you have a healthier spin.

Do you have a favorite family recipe for sauce? Share your memories in the comments!

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