Jo Mama’s Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:           

Serves: 10-14

  • 2 lbs Italian sausage, casings removed (mild or hot)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water (for a long period of simmering for flavors to meld. If you don’t want to simmer it as long, add less) (I omit the water entirely)
  • 3 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine  (substitute: a nice mixture of grape and apple juices with a little chicken broth still gives the sauce an edge.)
  • parmesan cheese

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 1 1/2 hrs

  1. 1 In large, heavy stockpot, brown Italian sausage, breaking up as you stir.
  2. 2 Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onions are softened.
  3. 3 Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water.
  4. 4 Add basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
  5. 5 Stir well and barely bring to a boil.
  6. 6 Stir in red wine.
  7. 7 Simmer on low, stirring frequently for at least an hour. A longer simmer makes for a better sauce, just be careful not to let it burn!
  8. 8 Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  9. 9 Spoon sauce over drained spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Note: At the end of cooking, add a tsp baking soda. It foams up and simmers down, taking the acid out of the tomatoes.

from gourmetsleuth.com: add water, white grape juice, apple juice, or broth, if necessary, to get the specified amount of liquid called for in the recipe, or Grape juice; vegetable stock; cranberry juice; tomato juice; or concord grape jelly.

Substitute – Measured

1/4 cup or more red wine, substitute the following: equal measure of red grape juice, cranberry juice, apple cider, chicken broth, clam juice, flavored vinegar, or nonalcoholic wine. If you use nonalcoholic wine, add a tablespoon of vinegar to cut the sweetness

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