Oh Lawdy! This is the cream of the crop of spaghetti sauce! It makes all those other sauces taste like wannabes! If you want to knock the socks off your in-laws or woo the man of your dreams, this, my friend, is your recipe!
This is my sweet Grandmomma, Ardis’s, recipe. I can remember sitting at her table slurping this stuff up like a drunk little honey bee endulging in the sweetest nectar. When I came up for air, I would look around to see my Granddaddy and other family members doing the same. That’s a good meal folks! No one walked away from that table without sauce all over them!
Pair this with piping hot French bread, smothered in real butter and delicious spaghetti noodles….For reals! Don’t even think about counting your Weight Watchers points. Life’s too short! Just pull up your big girl britches and jump right in!
2 LBS Ground beef (locally sourced & pasture fed, if possible)
1LB Italian Sausage
½ LB Bacon (optional, but highly recommended!)
¾ CUP Celery
1 CUP Green pepper
5 CUPS Mushrooms
½ CUP Green Olives
1 CUP Black Olives
2 ½ CUPS Onions
7 CUPS Peeled organic Tomatoes
12 OZ organic Tomato Paste
7 CUPS organic Tomato Sauce
A dash of Olive Oil
Seasonings (these are suggested, try your own!)
3 Cloves Garlic
1 TSP Bayleaf Powder (can never find this, I use whole Bay Leaves instead)
2 TSP Black Pepper
1 TSP Rosemary Powder
4 TSP Italian Seasoning
2 TSP Oregano Leaf
1 TSP Crushed Red Pepper
How to make:
A food processor that can cut slices is a help. Heat olive oil over medium heat, and barely brown about half the chopped onions, then brown the meat in that pan. Drain the meat in a colander and save the drippings. Combine the meat, tomato sauce, paste, peeled tomatoes and about ½ of the seasonings in a pot and put to simmering over low heat, stirring every 5 minutes.
Slice up all the vegetables in to fairly chunky small pieces. In a pan, or skillet, combine a TBSP of Olive Oil, the meat drippings and the vegetables and simmer them over medium heat until the onions are clear-ish, stirring regularly. When done, drain thoroughly in a colander, save the drippings and put a little on the critter’s dry food for a little treat.
Add the drained vegetables to the simmering sauce, and simmer for a while. Add the remaining seasonings and let simmer on low for as long as you’d like. I let mine simmer for 7-8 hours. Season to taste after that.
I make a 5 gallon pot of this, which is 2X these ingredients, and freeze little 8 OZ Cups (available CHEAP at Amazon here) to make quick meals and to give to friends. They will love you even more! I think the cost per serving is about $2!
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