A very thick and dark sauce with a little red pepper kick. Adjust the crushed red pepper to suit your tastes. This sauce freezes well too.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Saute onions and garlic until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except sausage links) and simmer over low heat for 3 hours.

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  • With one hour cooking time remaining, cook and brown sausages in a skillet. When browned, place in sauce and continue to simmer. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve over hot cooked noodles, with sausages on the side.

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Nutrition Facts

402.6 calories; 14.9 g protein; 22.5 g carbohydrates; 57.5 mg cholesterol; 1189.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2008
My supper club has deemed this recipe "Emergency Sweat Pants" worthy - whenever I make it, they know not to wear jeans! And I've learned to always double the recipe because they will frequently go back for a "mug of sauce" and some bread. My modifications: I saute my onion/garlic in olive oil, then pour in the red wine (merlot) and reduce it down (makes the flavor a little richer and deeper). Then I pour in the rest of the ingredients (I use one 28 oz. can of Dei Fratelli Tomato Sauce and one 28 oz. can of Dei Fratelli - Herbs & Olive Oil Chopped Italian Tomatoes plus one 6 oz. can of Contadina tomato paste) except for the meat. I let it simmer for a few hours. Then I brown a pound of ground sirloin with 3 cloves of garlic and add to the sauce. Simmer for another hour, then serve. I also like to use this as a baked spaghetti sauce. I layer mixed pasta and sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish, cover with sheets of mozzarella, more pasta and sauce, and top with mozzarella and grated parmagiana. DELICIOUS! Thank you for the great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/29/2008
I'm so sorry but I just could not like this. I had high hopes; it looked awesome and it smelled wonderful! But after the first bite bf asked me how much sugar was in it bc he thought it was too sweet. I thought it was too spicy and not in a good way. I did make a few changes; used fresh tomatoes (boiled for a minute in water so I could easily peel off the skins) used a bit more garlic than normal and eliminated the sausage but I don't think those changes made the difference between loving it and hating it for me. I love thick sauce and it made it thick so I'm willing to try again but without crushed red pepper or sugar. Neither of us liked those additions. Update: Tried this again again with regular tomatoes I needed to use up. Eliminated the sugar and the crushed red pepper. Like it so much better without those two ingredients! I'll make it that way from now on. Read More
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419 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2008
My supper club has deemed this recipe "Emergency Sweat Pants" worthy - whenever I make it, they know not to wear jeans! And I've learned to always double the recipe because they will frequently go back for a "mug of sauce" and some bread. My modifications: I saute my onion/garlic in olive oil, then pour in the red wine (merlot) and reduce it down (makes the flavor a little richer and deeper). Then I pour in the rest of the ingredients (I use one 28 oz. can of Dei Fratelli Tomato Sauce and one 28 oz. can of Dei Fratelli - Herbs & Olive Oil Chopped Italian Tomatoes plus one 6 oz. can of Contadina tomato paste) except for the meat. I let it simmer for a few hours. Then I brown a pound of ground sirloin with 3 cloves of garlic and add to the sauce. Simmer for another hour, then serve. I also like to use this as a baked spaghetti sauce. I layer mixed pasta and sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish, cover with sheets of mozzarella, more pasta and sauce, and top with mozzarella and grated parmagiana. DELICIOUS! Thank you for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
The end result with this recipe is always really great but I only gave it four stars because I made some changes that I feel make a difference. I cut the herbs in half (made it once as written and we were all picking basil out of our teeth). I also use just one can of paste and a can of tomato sauce. Diced tomatoes instead of whole and ground beef instead of sausage (Hubby prefers). Overall I love this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2003
Wow is this ever good! A couple years ago I made spaghetti sauce, it was awful! It was so bad that I went back to the jar sauce. But tonight I was in the mood for spaghetti, and didn't have any jar sauce, and couldn't get to the store. So I took a chance and decided one more time to try this homemade sauce. Glad I did. It truly is the best spaghetti sauce I've ever had, better even then what I have had in restaurants. It has a hearty taste and fresh taste. It's kind of hard to describe, it's so good. I did have to make a couple adjustments. I didn't have a can of whole tomatoes, so I used tomato sauce instead, and I only had one can of tomato paste, but that turned out good since the sauce was plenty thick. I had to keep adding water to it as it cooked down, so it wouldn't get too thick. I also had lots more garlic and onions, and a dash of Worstershire sauce. If your a little apprehensive about trying homemade spaghetti sauce, try this one. It is delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
This is my favorite spaghetti sauce recipe! To make it lowfat in addition to the onion & garlic just chop up zucchini yellow squash celery and a little bit of green pepper and sautee before adding the spices tomato products and other ingrediets. Leave out the sausage and you've got an amazing lowfat sauce that freezes well and has an awesome taste. In my opinion the red wine is essential as it makes the sauce have a smooth and velvety texture. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2005
This recipe turned out extremely well and my entire family raved about it. I chose to cook this in the slow cooker for 8 hours and POW! what a sauce it turned out to be. Very robust and thick perfect for the crusty garlic bread we made with it for dipping. I didn't use sausage but made homemade meatballs instead and put some sauteed ground beef in there as well. The wine is what did it! Excellent recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/29/2008
I'm so sorry but I just could not like this. I had high hopes; it looked awesome and it smelled wonderful! But after the first bite bf asked me how much sugar was in it bc he thought it was too sweet. I thought it was too spicy and not in a good way. I did make a few changes; used fresh tomatoes (boiled for a minute in water so I could easily peel off the skins) used a bit more garlic than normal and eliminated the sausage but I don't think those changes made the difference between loving it and hating it for me. I love thick sauce and it made it thick so I'm willing to try again but without crushed red pepper or sugar. Neither of us liked those additions. Update: Tried this again again with regular tomatoes I needed to use up. Eliminated the sugar and the crushed red pepper. Like it so much better without those two ingredients! I'll make it that way from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
this is a very easy to make yet delicious sauce. i usually use prego sauce from the jar when i need pasta sauce but this was so easy i don't think i can ever justify buying the jarred variety again. i halved the recipe and used one 15 oz can of diced tomatoes (with italian seasonings) and one 15 oz can of tomato sauce instead of paste (didn't have any). i also had to omit the red wine and pepper flakes (again didn't have any on hand) and it turned out excellent. what a great recipe for basic spaghetti sauce. i looked at lots of other recipes for sauces and noticed that the higher rated ones always included dried basil oregano and bay leaves. i loved that even with the changes i made this recipe is foolproof enough to still be good! also i cooked it in my slowcooker for 5 hours on low. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2008
Absolutely delicious! This was my first try and I will never go back to a jar sauce again. The red wine definitely makes the sauce! I recommend using 1/3 the amount of red pepper flakes (I trippled the recipe) it came out a little on the hot side. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing and my mother made homemade sauce every Sunday. I made homemade meatballs instead of the sausage and served the parmesean garlic bread from this site on the side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2007
I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!! This is exactly what I was looking for. It's a very tangy robust and thick (not watery) spaghetti sauce. I added about 1t. of salt and doubled the wine. I will never use any other spaghetti sauce again and next time I will make about 3x the recipe and freeze it in portions. Read More
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