Craving for spaghetti but ended up with a little burnt spaghetti sauce? Don't worry, we have got you covered. It is quite normal to burn spaghetti sauce while making it as the sauce needs constant stirring. When the sauce is left unattended at high temperature, it starts burning and sticks to the pan. And as much as we love spaghetti, nobody likes the burnt taste of the spaghetti sauce. Instead of cooking the sauce from scratch, you can fix this sauce by following a quick and easy procedure.
How to get the burnt taste out of spaghetti sauce
This procedure can help you in fixing the burnt sauce only if the entire sauce is not burnt. If you smell the burnt flavor when it starts burning, then there is a scope of improvement for this burnt sauce. For fixing this sauce, you will need to dilute the sauce, which can increase your cooking time, but trust me, it is better than starting the sauce preparation from scratch. Now that we know what we are going to do, let us look at the steps involved in fixing this burnt sauce:
Step 1: Turn off the flame and remove the pot from the gas. Now pour the contents of this pot to another pot of the same size. Do not try to scrape the sauce from the bottom of the pan while shifting it from one pot to another. The scrapped sauce will have a burnt flavor, which is not desirable.
Step 2: Once you have emptied the pot's contents with the burnt sauce, soak that pot in water and detergent to clean it later. Soaking the pan with burnt chunks in water aids in getting rid of the charred pieces quickly.
Step 3: Now, switch on the flame and add tomato sauce to the pot's leftover sauce. Here we are trying to balance the burnt flavor by using the sweet flavor of the tomatoes. You can opt for the natural tomato sauce to balance the flavors and restore its taste.
Tip: Keep the flame medium while making spaghetti sauce to let it cook properly. Do not rush the process by cooking the sauces at high temperatures.
Step 4: If you do not have tomato sauce, you can also add tomato puree and bring sweetness by adding sugar or other natural sweeteners. Remember to taste it before adding more sweeteners, as once added; it will be difficult to remove it. Always add ingredients in smaller amounts and add more only after tasting it.
Step 5: Once you have added the tomato sauce and sweeteners, allow the sauce to reduce on the stove. During this time, keep stirring the sauce from the bottom to prevent the burning of sauce. This step will take time, but patience is the key to perfect spaghetti sauce!
Step 6: After the sauce has adequately reduced, you can check the consistency and then add other flavors to combat the bitterness of burnt flavor by adding garlic, basil, and other herbs. Spice up your sauce and taste it to check if its good to go.
Tip: Remember to stir continuously while making any sauce to prevent it from sticking to the bottom or burning.
The above-stated process works well if only some part of spaghetti sauce is burnt. If the entire sauce is burnt due to high temperature, it is better to make another one as it is challenging to get rid of the burnt flavor completely. Also, make sure that charred chunks are not transferred to avoid the bitter taste in the sauce. Lastly, you can balance the sauce by adding a little parmesan cheese on the spaghetti cause cheese makes everything better!