Ominous title, right? Doom must be about to rain down upon your head! Yeah, it’s not. But, for those of you with delicate tummies, this may not be the post for you.
Okay, okay, I’ll give it up. I’m going to share with you a family secret. I’ve never shared this before with anyone as it was considered sacrilege. I’m not even sure now that my mom won’t show up with a ruler and whack me on the knuckles for typing this.
I’m going to sneak to all of you…drum roll please…my mom’s famous spaghetti sauce recipe! Yeah, I know–you thought something deep and dark and depraved was coming your way, but rest assured, if you are of the heartburn getting sort you do NOT want to do this. Step away from your computer. Change the channel now. This is some spicy stuff!
MOM’S FAMOUS SPAGHETTI SAUCE (with slight Jodi modifications)
- 1 4-5 pack of hot Italian sausage (if you love sausage, feel free to use more)
- 1 1/2 or 2 pounds of hamburger (doesn’t have to be lean–the more grease, the better)
- 3/4 of a green pepper
- 3/4 of a medium/large white or yellow onion
- 3 huge cans (28 ounce I think) of crushed tomatoes
- 1 huge can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 of one of those tiny cans of tomato paste
- 3 huge cans of petite diced tomatoes (none of that pre-spiced crap though)
- Italian seasoning
- Crushed red pepper
- Between 8-12 cloves of garlic (or a ton of garlic salt)
- Peel the skin off the sausage, then slice into 1/2 inch slices. Brown until thoroughly cooked.
- Cut up the green pepper into large chunks (I always take these chunks out after the sauce has cooked for several hours as I don’t like eating chunks of green pepper–blech!)
- Dice the onion into fairly small pieces
- Combine the green pepper and onion in a frying pan with the hamburger and brown all together. Stir often as you don’t want the hamburger to get chunky and stick together. You want it to be pretty crumbly.
- While the meat is cooking, take some of the sausage grease and after mincing or cutting the garlic into to small pieces, let the garlic simmer in the grease until it starts to cook down. You can also cook the garlic in olive oil.
- Once the hamburger is thoroughly cooked (no pink) and the garlic is ready, dump everything into an enormous pot. You are going to be making enough for an army! Leftover sauce is the best thing on planet earth.
- Add all the tomato stuff.
- Then put a layer of Italian seasoning across the entire top of the sauce. I don’t have a specific measurement here, I just coat the top of the sauce and that usually works.
- Then add crushed red pepper to taste–I like it spicy so I probably usually put in a little less than a tablespoon.
- Add some salt. I crave salt in my sleep so I use a fair amount. If you are a normal person just chuck in a little salt and as it cooks add more in small amounts until it’s got enough.
- Cook on low, stirring frequently, for as many hours as you can take the yummy smell before attacking the pot.
A little fresh Parmesan never hurt and if you like basil you can chuck a little of that in the sauce as it cooks. I usually don’t, but my hubby sneaks it in. Stinker! It’s that damn Chef part of him that just has to mess with my recipes! 🙂
Serve all of this with some yummy, butter-soaked garlic bread (mmmmm….garlic bread…) and you will have an AWESOME dinner that really is pretty dang easy to make. With that amount of sauce, a family of 4 could live off of it for days and days. Whatever is left over, just freeze. It’s just as good out of the freezer a month from now.
I hope you guys enjoy the spaghetti sauce! I despise cooking with a passion so deep that even seeing a kitchen usually causes me physical pain, BUT, this is easy to fix and lasts forever. Perfect recipe in my humble opinion.
One last thing, if you like a thicker sauce, don’t use a lid while the sauce simmers. You’ll get some splashed sauce bubbles on your stove, but it’ll evaporate any extra liquid. If you like a thinner sauce, leave a lid on the whole time but make sure you stir more often so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.
Oh shit! I think I hear my mom coming–that damn Mom Radar!! Gotta find a hiding place quick!