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I was wondering how important it is to saute cut up onion before adding the onion to spaghetti sauce? Someone told me that she just peels a whole onion and drops it whole into the sauce without sauteeing it. I have never heard of doing it that way. Has anyone ever tried it this way, and which way do you think would be best?
P.J. from Delaware
My father hates anything w/ onions, peppers, celery etc. cooked in it, so my mom would drop them whole into the sauce. Once they were cooked thru, she'd spoon them out and puree them smooth then stir it all back in. Even tho I prefer "chunky" sauce, I still remember this as the best homemade sauce ever!
I've never heard of the "whole onion method" before either, but it's sounds intriguing. I usually saute my onions to bring out the flavor too. I like them carmelized. A friend of mine makes her sauce by roasting all her vegetables, including a clove of garlic, first and then throwing them in a pot to simmer. It has a very robust flavor that goes well with her mother's meatball recipe (which she won't share with me, lol).
Dropping an onion in whole would work well if you didn't want to eat the onion, allowing you to easily scoop it out. Personally, I like to put an onion in the blender with some celery and a few carrots. I add the tomatoes and puree everything, pour it into a pot to cook, season, etc. This way, you get flavor and the extra veggies, but not the chunks.
Hi I am like the first person who wrote about using sauce in a jar (did make mine jar once but put tomatoes in bleander hate cooked tomatoes even in soups. However when I make the hamburger I saute the onions first to help bring out the flavor. Hubby loves it and onions are good for colds I was always told. I love the taste of saute onions specially on burgers with just ketchup the smell is great. Also as for people who don't like chopped onions I just use my mini chopper I have it sitting on my counter I love the mini it is small and so quick to clean up still have big one up in cabinet will not get rid of that one great for making pasty balls to roll out for pies and such.
I've always cooked chopped onion in the ground beef that I add to the sauce; however these days I mostly use jarred spaghetti sauce that I add my cooked ground chuck and I don't add the onions. Since the sauce already has plenty of seasoning. I would think that putting chopped raw onion into the sauce would give more onion taste than cooking it first. Putting in the whole raw onion is probably to just give the onion flavor w/o leaving pieces of it.
I use jarred sauce also but I add chopped onion, 3 colors of bell peppers, and mushrooms. I already use the Prego garden veggie (or something, not sure the name is right) but we love vegetables and this satisfys the hubby who doesn't really like spaghetti. All the veggies are raw and just simmer with the meat and sauce. Oh, almost forgot - I also add a good shake of garlic powder, NOT garlic salt.
For quick sauce, I saute an onion then set aside. Next saute about 1/3 lb of ground beef, rinse with hot water to remove fat. Put both back in pan with a can of diced tomatoes and about half a jar of any commercial sauce. You can add any other veggies too. I find that using some regular sauce keeps me from having to think about the seasonings. It isn't too salty but tastes great.
With half a pound of pasta this makes enough for 3 hearty eaters.
Along with it I make garlic bread very simply, just use any regular bread, add olive oil to minced garlic (bottled or fresh) spread on and put in toaster oven. If you haven't added beef to the sauce, you can put some protein in by using cheese on the garlic bread. Mostly though, we Americans get too much protein.
I saute 1/2 of the onion with the ground beef I'm going to put into my sauce and put the other half of the raw onion into my homemade spaghetti sauce. YUM! - Just my 2 cents worth. :)
When I am in a big hurry, I peel the onion and just drop it in. I am sure to let the sauce cook enough to allow the onion be really, really soft. And it tastes really good. Adding about 1/4 to 1/3 of uncooked broken up ground chuck after the sauce has started to simmer really adds to the flavor also. So don't be afraid. Try it. My family likes it. In a pinch you can also use onion POWDER. Also I add a couple cap fulls of extra virgin olive oil and about l/4 cup grated Romano cheese. Gives such a great flavor.
As a Vegan I sliced onions, carrots, minced garlic and instead oil I add a little water and I steam the vegetables until they are crunchy. Then I add the spaghetti sauce. This adds a lot of flavor. And it's fat free.If you are in a hurry, you can just add all in the sauce and this will cook y you allowed enough time for it.