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Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce

Rated as 4.72 out of 5 Stars

"This is one that was recited to me out of memory alone, and described as a hand of garlic, etc., though the ingredient quantities should be accurate. I encourage buying the cheapest versions of these ingredients you can find; it will feed an army for about $15 without ruining the taste. You should add more seasonings based on preference. A great vegetarian sauce, and with makes great meatball sandwiches."
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55 m servings 114
Original recipe yields 10 servings (8 cups)


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic until translucent but not browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and basil, and cook and stir until the basil is wilted and the mushrooms are cooked through and have given up their juices, about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour in the whole peeled tomatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring and chopping the tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Pour in the tomato sauce and stir, crushing any large pieces of tomato left, and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer until slightly thickened and bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir the tomato paste into the sauce, and fill the empty tomato paste can with Merlot wine, stirring to dissolve any remaining tomato paste in the can. Pour the Merlot wine into the sauce, and stir well to combine. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, and stir in the salt, pepper, dried oregano, and sugar. Let the sauce simmer until the seasonings are blended and the sauce is heated through, about 3 more minutes.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 114 calories; 3.1 18 3.1 0 935 Full nutrition

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mmmmm! this was delicious! I wanted to make spaghetti for dinner but I didn't want to use our same old sauce. This was fantastic. I will definitly make it again soon The only reason that it isn'...

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I was super excited to make this sauce and followed the directions to the letter. While I did like the sauce, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give it a fair shot an...

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mmmmm! this was delicious! I wanted to make spaghetti for dinner but I didn't want to use our same old sauce. This was fantastic. I will definitly make it again soon The only reason that it isn'...

Fantastico...Molto grazia. This was amazing and so easy.

Great, I will make this time and time again. I would change nothing.

Oh my goodness, this was FABULOUS! I unfortunately did not have the merlot (I had Lambrusco) nor did I have the amount of mushrooms (I only had 4oz canned) nor the amount of basil (my bush only...

my kids loved,and more importantly i loved it..using with meatballs made an extraordinary meal.I have some saved so will be having some again soon

This sauce is simply amazing. The flavors are fantastic. Its thick and rich. DONT leave out the wine. Its a very important part of the finished product and will affect the flavor outcome. I will...

EXCELLENT!!!the only thing I did different was dried herbs,,fresh garlic,,doubled recipe,,on stove top for 24hrs on low with meatball from,,the recipe on site italian meatball,,and also had saus...

Family favorite. Im a hero.. Everyone loves the sauce and eats it to the last drop on the plate.. Easy to make and also good without the mushrooms. Add meatballs and it is perfect

I left the salt out. just a pinch of sugar. I left this, after a quick boil, on a simmer for @7 hours. this was very good. I really should have doubled this. I wanted to use this sauce in lasagn...