Well, my Lasagna has become quite popular, and I think the sauce from that makes amazing meat sauce as well. So I thought I would post it by its self.

John Chandler
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the sausage, beef, onion, and garlic until well browned; drain fat. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Mix in sugar and season with basil, fennel seed, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts

157 calories; 8.6 g total fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 673 mg sodium. 11.9 g carbohydrates; 9.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
I made this twice, first as written and it was GREAT! But then I did some mild modifications. I used all ground beef, addes red wine instead of water and added 1/2 tsp of oregano and rosemary plus 2 bay leaves. Put it in my crock pot for 4 hours and it was OUTSTANDING! I even had a true Italian guy tell me it was an outstanding sauce. I served it over spaghetti. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2013
I made this just for kicks to see how other people make their sauce. This was just OK at best. First of all...there's already enough fennel seed in Italian sausage that adding more is complete overkill. And it's definitely lacking ingredients for a full, rich sauce...such as...bell pepper, mushrooms, fresh Italian basil, fresh spicy oregano, fresh parsley, and a bit of red wine. (by the way...red wine is what should be used instead of sugar) Also...1/8 to 1/4 cup olive oil in your sauce will keep it from coagulating and also makes it a healthier recipe. A couple pinches of black pepper and fresh thyme sprinkled on the sauce when served finishes it off. Read More
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1017 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 140
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
I made this twice, first as written and it was GREAT! But then I did some mild modifications. I used all ground beef, addes red wine instead of water and added 1/2 tsp of oregano and rosemary plus 2 bay leaves. Put it in my crock pot for 4 hours and it was OUTSTANDING! I even had a true Italian guy tell me it was an outstanding sauce. I served it over spaghetti. Read More
(1010)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
I made this twice, first as written and it was GREAT! But then I did some mild modifications. I used all ground beef, addes red wine instead of water and added 1/2 tsp of oregano and rosemary plus 2 bay leaves. Put it in my crock pot for 4 hours and it was OUTSTANDING! I even had a true Italian guy tell me it was an outstanding sauce. I served it over spaghetti. Read More
(1010)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2008
I've never written a review for a recipe before but this recipe was worth the effort. I made this as the recipe calls and it was fabulous. I've been making Italian food for a long time and this sauce was truly delicious. My Italian husband declared it the best sauce he's ever had!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
Hope you enjoy it. I am still amazed that the responces my other recipe has recieved. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2013
I made this just for kicks to see how other people make their sauce. This was just OK at best. First of all...there's already enough fennel seed in Italian sausage that adding more is complete overkill. And it's definitely lacking ingredients for a full, rich sauce...such as...bell pepper, mushrooms, fresh Italian basil, fresh spicy oregano, fresh parsley, and a bit of red wine. (by the way...red wine is what should be used instead of sugar) Also...1/8 to 1/4 cup olive oil in your sauce will keep it from coagulating and also makes it a healthier recipe. A couple pinches of black pepper and fresh thyme sprinkled on the sauce when served finishes it off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
Awesome meat sauce!!! I sauteed the beef and sausage separately as they tend to be greasy and added them to the sauce during the last half hour of cooking. I then sauteed the onion with a little olive oil and garlic until translucent. I then added the tomatoes and spices. I used red wine vs. water, added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes, doubled the basil, added 2 tsp. of oregano, and 1 bay leaf. The fennel seeds are a nice touch! This sauce was so good and tasted even better the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2008
I was going to just use the meat sauce recipe from my favorite lasagna but thought I'd look around and see what's out here. What do I pull up? The sauce recipe from my favorite lasagna! This sauce is great as is and the best part is you can tweak it a bit as you like. add more garlic less sugar spicy sausage...whatever and the end product is always delicious. I personally like a thick sauce so I omit 1/2 of the tomato sauce this recipe calls for still delicous! Try it you will love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
I started making this sauce a few months ago. Since then, I absolutely REFUSE to buy any at the store. I love to add in fresh tomatoes from our garden, but even without it, this sauce KICKS tail. If I learned how to put it up in jars, I'd keep it on hand all the time. It makes a ton, and it is the single best sauce I have ever eaten. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
I have been making this recipe for a long time now. It is excellent. Over time I made a few changes that perfect this recipe! 1) Add more garlic! You really can't put in too much! 2) Substitute a dry red wine for half of the the water. 3) Add 4-6 chopped fresh basil leaves! You'll love the aroma in the kitchen, and be amazed at how it affects the taste of the sauce. 4) Add about 1/2 tsp of oregano, and 1 bay leaf. Amazing pasta sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
We took this to a pasta potluck and received many compliments and requests for the recipe! My daughter actually made it and said it was quick and easy. But not quite as good as her husband's;-) Since everyone seemed to really like it I rated it five stars. Personally it was too much meat for me and next time I will cut the sugar in half or omit it entirely. If you can find the Contadina brand tomato products I recommend using them. Their flavor is less acidic than other brands. This may be why I didn't think it needed the sugar. Their roasted garlic flavored tomato paste is the best!! Read More
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