I used to buy spaghetti sauce in jars. After getting this recipe for real Italian spaghetti sauce from a friend who learned how to make it in Italy, I will NEVER go back. In fact, there are jars of big brand sauce in my stockpile that will soon be making their way to a food pantry. They’re getting no love here.
I always double the recipe because I have a family of eight eating, and because I love using the leftovers for another meal. To make a good sized pot, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
- 2 small cans of tomato paste
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups of dry red wine, like chianti
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 2 pounds of fresh sausage
- Basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
Dice the garlic and saute in a little bit of olive oil. Add ground beef and sausage and brown.
Add tomatoes, wine and beef broth, and stir to combine. It will smell noticeably alcoholic, but trust me. It’s going to be good.
I’ve made this sauce so many times that I don’t measure my spices. I just sprinkle, like this:
Let it simmer for at least four hours. I’ve left mine on the stove all day and loved it. Serve it up with your favorite pasta and bread. Enjoy!