House owner finds secret recipe for pasta sauce hidden from 1947 storage

David, a medical laboratory scientist who posts on Reddit as orestes77, was pulling down an old breadboard in his Denver, Colorado garage when he found an envelope with “Spaghetti Recipe” on the front hidden behind the wall.

“From the spot it was placed and the way it was worded, I’m sure a future owner left it there to find one day,” David told TODAY Food.

David recently shared a photo for the recipe on the Old_Recipes subreddit, and his fellow vintage recipes loved the ingredient list, which includes a gallon of chopped onion, five pounds of ground beef, and half a cup of salt.

“It’s interesting that it does so much,” said David. “Was it for a restaurant?”

Even more interesting is the meticulous detail that the recipe writer, someone named Bill Engleman, takes with his instructions and gives the market specific directions where he suggests buying tomato puree and leaving a phone number to call “if there’s something you want.” do not understand.” . “

David said his house was built in 1947. And while he doesn’t know exactly when the garage was built on his property, he is sure the recipe was behind the breadboard for a very long time.

David’s garage where he found the mysterious recipe for spaghetti sauce. (u / orestes77)

“I don’t know about the original owner of the house and Google search came up blank,” said David. “I tried to track down the mentioned market, ‘Parnelli is right next to the 15th and the market’ but so far I have had no luck. I always wanted to try to track down more information and see if I could share the recipe with him the author’s descendants on Ancestry.com or by email to them. “

David said he hadn’t tried making the recipe yet as the amount of ingredients seemed overwhelming. Now that a Redditor colleague downsized the ingredients to make three quarts of the sauce, he said he could try.

David says when he removed this breadboard from his garage, the recipe was hidden in an envelope behind the wall. (u / orestes77)David says when he removed this breadboard from his garage, the recipe was hidden in an envelope behind the wall. (u / orestes77)

With the revised version of the Mammut Spaghetti Sauce recipe, I tried to make the sauce in my own kitchen. I was surprised by the use of seasonings like celery salt, dry mustard, and paprika, but overall the recipe was similar to many sauces I’ve made in the past: tomatoes, onions, ground beef, salt, oregano, and other basic tomato sauce ingredients are in addition to those does not contain typical spices.

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After letting the sauce simmer on my stove for a few hours, I served it over pasta with a side of garlic bread and poured parmesan over it, as the recipe maker suggests.

I used a scaled down Redditor version of the recipe but still got a lot of sauce left. (Terri Peters)I used a scaled down Redditor version of the recipe but still got a lot of sauce left. (Terri Peters)

The judgment?

The sauce was flavorful and had a unique taste: I could definitely pick up references to the celery salt, which made it different from the spaghetti sauce I’ve had in the past. The meat to sauce ratio made it very easy, a sauce that I think would be a great addition to lasagna or meatball subs, but it didn’t seem substantial enough to stand up on pasta on its own.

As the recipe suggested, I served my spaghetti sauce with parmesan cheese. (Terri Peters)As the recipe suggested, I served my spaghetti sauce with parmesan cheese. (Terri Peters)

It reminded me of my favorite sauce I’d made from the Old_Recipes subreddit, a hearty, potato-filled red sauce made from a Sicilian Nonna whose fresh manicotti I had recreated at home.

Bill Engleman’s sauce was different – but still tasty.

Also, I’m happy when I can freeze multiple jars of a pasta sauce for later use.

The recipe allowed me to freeze a lot of extra sauce for many more meals. (Terri Peters)The recipe allowed me to freeze a lot of extra sauce for many more meals. (Terri Peters)

David said he enjoyed sharing a piece of his home’s history with the world.

“I think people really liked the recipe because it had so many personal notes on how to make it, like where to get the tomato sauce and the number to call with questions,” he said, adding that Number GL 0843 leads him to believe that it is a business phone number from the 1940s. “It’s like the recipe was written to a friend but then hidden so a random stranger can find it in the future.”

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