Jo Mama’s Spaghetti Sauce


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 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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