Real Italian Spaghetti Sauce
This recipe was given to me by a friends mom years ago. It makes a big pot of sauce that feeds many. Its best made the day before and then reheated. We also add Italian sausage to the sauce. This is the best sauce I have tasted.
"Tasty sauce even without fennel and anisette. Also added some italian sausage. A little zip from the cayenne pepper, a little sweet from the sugar. Very nice recipe."- marciedoyle
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|2 1/2 poundBeef; ground|
|1 can (12 oz)Tomato paste; - (cantadina is best)|
|1 can (29 oz)Tomato puree; - (cantadina is best)|
|3 can (24 oz)Tomato sauce; - (cantadina is best)|
|6 mediumOnions; ,chopped|
|4 mediumGarlic cloves; ,minced|
|6 ounceOlive oil|
|1 1/2 tablespoonBread crumbs; ,Italian|
|1 tablespoonItalian Seasoning; ,heaping|
|1 tablespoonSugar subsitute; ,splenda|
|1 1/2 teaspoonPepper|
|1/8 teaspoonCayenne pepper|
|1 tablespoonFennel seed; ,heaping|
Real Italian Spaghetti Sauce Preparation
Saute' onions & garlic in oil until brown (about 15 to 30 min) stiring often to avoid burning. Put aside 1 Tbls of mixture from the pot for making meatballs. Add 1 lb ground beef in with the onions mixture cutting the meat into small pieces. Stir & mix well on a medium flame. Let saute'.
Add salt & pepper and mix well. Add paste, mix thoroughly, let simmer a few minutes until mixture begins to boil. Add sauce, fill 3 empty cans with water and add to mixture. Add puree, stir and simmer a few minutes longer. Add cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, fennel seed, anisette, & oregano. Mix well. Add sugar (or substitute) and mix well. Simmer for 2 hours. Continue stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Use a spoon to skim the oil that rises to the surface.
Meatballs: Use the rest of the meat. Add egg and onion mixture which was put aside. Add bread crumbs (for low-carb subsitute ground pork rines), 1 tsp salt, 3 Tbls sauce from pot, cup water. Mix well and make into golf ball size meatballs. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Add to sauce and continue to simmer for 1 more hour
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