Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

"Homemade spaghetti meat sauce starts with garden fresh, frozen, or canned tomatoes. Add pork sausage, basil, and oregano then simmer it low and slow for a rich, meaty flavor."

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INGREDIENTS

– lean Italian style sausage, I use a mix of hot and mild, removed from casings – olive oil* – chopped onion – grated carrots – minced garlic – whole, peeled tomatoes, fresh, frozen, or canned – beef broth – tomato paste – red wine or balsamic vinegar – grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnish – fresh oregano, chopped – fresh basil, chopped – salt – pepper

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Yield

20 CUPS

prep time

60 MINUTES

total time

2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

COOK TIME

1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe

1. In a 6 quart dutch oven, brown the sausage over medium heat.

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2. Remove the cooked meat from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve.

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3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and heat.* Cook onions for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft, fragrant, and translucent.

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4. Add carrots and cook 3 minutes longer. Then add the garlic and cook 1 additional minute.

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5. Add the tomatoes and broth. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

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6. Using a stick blender, puree vegetables completely. (Alternatively you can process the mixture using a food processor or blender.)

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7. Crumble the, now cooled, meat into bite sized pieces.

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8. Add meat, tomato paste, wine, balsamic vinegar, parmesan, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir to combine.

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9. Cover, drop heat to the lowest it will go, and simmer at least 90 minutes up to 8 hours.

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10. Stir every hour or so for a longer simmer.

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11. Serve with your favorite cooked pasta.

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Make it a  date night dinner by serving alongside my  Tomato Burrata Salad

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Enjoy!

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