Monday, July 8, 2013

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. lean ground beef
  2. 1 lb. Italian sausage links
  3. 1 cup diced onion
  4. 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  5. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 garlic clove
  7. 1 can (6-8 oz) mushrooms (stems and pieces)
  8. 1 jar (24 oz.) Prego traditional Italian sauce
  9. 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite cut diced tomatoes w/green chiles
  10. 2 1/2 tsps. salt 
Preparation
  1. Cut (or roll, if not linked) Italian sausage links into 1 inch meatballs
  2. Finely slice garlic clove into small, thin pieces
  3. Turn stove to medium heat and saute diced onions, diced peppers & sliced garlic clove in olive oil for approx. 6-8 minutes, or until onions are light brown
  4. Add ground beef and sausage balls to sauteed onions/peppers/garlic clove mixture, brown until cooked, and then drain and return to pot
  5. Stir in traditional Italian sauce, petite cut diced tomatoes, mushrooms (non-drained) and salt
  6. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer 4-6 hours (stirring occasionally) for optimal taste 
Serves 4-5 but can be adjusted for larger crowds. Works best with whole wheat noodles and garlic stick bread.