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Spatini Spaghetti Sauce Mix

By Todd Wilbur


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Since the Spatini Italian Foods Company discontinued production and sale of its spaghetti sauce mix in December 2006, Internet discussion groups have organized petitions pleading to bring the product back. For more than forty years generations of families have enjoyed spaghetti made by mixing a packet of top secret powder with canned tomato sauce. But after Spatini disappeared from grocery store shelves, the only way to get that same flavor on spaghetti required locating leftover stock on the Internet, and paying dearly for it. On eBay, 10-box lots of Spatini sold for up to ten times what they originally cost in stores. Now you can save your hard-earned lira and still get real Spatini flavor, because after analyzing a packet of the mix, I've discovered a great way to clone this "Dead Food" at less cost than the product's retail price. The secret ingredient is a crushed-up beef bouillon cube, which contains the precise quantity of salt and natural flavors, plus autolyzed yeast extract—a flavor enhancer—to mirror the original blend. Add a couple ground herbs, onion, garlic, powdered sugar, and cornstarch, and you'll have the exact amount of mix you need to recreate the spaghetti sauce you grew up with.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 beef bouillon cube, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch ground black pepper
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      Spatini
    • Instructions

      Pulverize the beef bouillon cube to a powder using a kitchen mallet or mortar and pestle. Mix with remaining ingredients in a small bowl. To make spaghetti sauce, follow the same instructions that appear on the original box of Spatini:

      1. In a medium saucepan, combine the seasoning mix, 1 tablespoon oil (optional), desired tomatoes, and amount of water listed on chart.

      2. Bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring frequently, as directed below:

       Tomatoes                 Water                   Simmer
      1 can (6 oz.)              1 1/2 cups                       5 min.
      tomato paste
       
      1 can (15 oz.)              3/4 cup                          5 min.
      tomato puree
       
      2 cups (16 oz.)            1/2 cup                         15 min.
      crushed tomatoes      
       
      2 cups (16 oz.)              omit                            15 min.
      carton pack
      tomatoes

      For a spicier tomato sauce:
      1 can (15 oz.)              1/2 cup                         15 min.
      tomato sauce
       
      For a chunky homestyle spaghetti sauce:
      1 can (14.5 oz.)           1/3 cup                         15 min.
      whole tomatoes,
      cut-up and undrained
       
      1 1/4 pounds                 omit                            40 min.
      fresh ripe tomatoes,
      pureed

      Makes 4 servings.

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linda
Oct 20, 2013, 22:00

I was raised on Spatini and have missed it so much this is a close to the real thing as I have found

christine
Sep 17, 2013, 22:00

I actually had homemade tomato sauce and quadrupled this recipe (minus a little sugar) for 32oz of sauce. Family loved it! My two year old's face was covered in sauce! Thanks! No more packets for us...