Just the other day, an urge to make sauce came over me, and I couldn’t shake it. Maybe I felt this way because the sky was dark and the day was gloomy. After checking the pantry, I assembled a few ingredients–a can of tomato puree, a medium-sized onion, and some dried Italian herbs. The sauce was delicious and we had it on spaghetti, with a liberal amount of shredded Parmesan cheese.I froze the leftover sauce for another day.

That day came sooner than I expected. Family members were comingĀ  instant pot french onion soup over for a picnic summer. I planned to grill steak until I saw the meat prices, so it was back to burgers. To make the burgers special I made some barbecue sauce, prepared a bacon, lettuce, tomato and pasta salad, and made a layered casserole of zucchini, sliced onions, frozen corn, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Thanks to my homemade tomato sauce, the casserole was a hit. Something wasdifferent about the sauce, yet the flavor difference was subtle and hard to detect. What was the secret ingredient? It was pepperoni, chopped so finely that the bits disappeared into the liquid. Serve the sauce with your favorite pasta or create a vegetable casserole like I did.This recipe would make a thoughtful gift for a family member or friend. Ladle it into a tall glass jar or plastic storage dish. Tie a bow around the top. Add a card with the name of the sauce and the date you made it.

 

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