Ever since Michael could talk, he asked to help cook dinner. He would stand on a chair or sit on the counter to stir. He especially loved helping his dad, David, make spaghetti sauce. David started the sauce by 7:00 a.m. and it simmered all day, filling the house with a mouth-watering aroma. David’s recipe was his version of his mom’s homemade sauce, recorded only in his head.

While David was a great cook, he was not a teacher. He allowed Michael to “assist” by watching or stirring. Michael was content just spending time in the kitchen with his dad.

A New Chef Makes the Spaghetti Sauce

David died unexpectedly in 2004. Mary, Amanda, and Michael adjusted to a “new normal,” learning to live with the loss of a wonderful husband and father. Dinner time was especially difficult. Nearly a year after his death, Mary mentioned missing his spaghetti sauce and resigned herself to never again having spaghetti, as no one else’s sauce would do. Michael said, “I think I can make it.”

It took only two attempts for Michael to perfect his dad’s sauce. He starts at 7:00 a.m., and throughout the day, the aroma fills the house with memories and anticipation. Sometimes, Michael creates a meat sauce. Other nights, he adds homemade meatballs or Italian sausage to the sauce. In retrospect, David was a great teacher. As Michael watched and stirred, his dad’s love was imprinted on his heart.

Dad's Spaghetti Sauce

Enjoy David’s sauce and remember a good man who fed his family on love and left a legacy to his son.

If you would like to try this truly delicious spaghetti sauce, head over to our online marketplace where you can pick up a jar made fresh by Michael himself. You can use this spaghetti sauce to make a meal with family and friends who are important to you and share the story with them. Remember to take a moment to appreciate every moment you have with them.