We all have those recipes that bring back so many memories, they become much more than a meal. For me, that recipe is my mother’s pasta sauce.
Just the smell of it takes me back to the house I grew up in, watching my mother stirring it on the stove. It takes me back to cherished family dinners and special occasions. My parents will be here in less than two months, but I was missing my family this week. So I decided to make this sauce to combat a little dose of homesickness.
My mother first passed on this meat sauce recipe to me when I was living in Brooklyn. It was mine and Craig’s first Valentine’s Day together and he flew in from Detroit to spend the week with me. Long-distance relationships aren’t easy, so I wanted to make him something amazing to show him how grateful I was he came to town. It may just be a pasta sauce recipe, but this dish has cheered me up and fed my soul more times that I can count. Needless to say, Craig loved it and it was a way of further welcoming him to the family.
The meals we share with those we love are the most precious. It doesn’t have to be Michelin-star quality or a complex dish we make for them, we just have to love making it for them. My mom loves making this sauce for us and I love that it’s become a part of our little family. It may seem silly, but I’m going to keep the recipe to myself for now — a precious memory served in a bowl that will always connect me to my mother.
What dishes remind you of family?