Made this last week with a few adjustments for items we did not have on hand: left out ground sausage and pepperoni and used a total of 2.5 lbs 90/10 ground beef. Left out the tomato sauce and tomato paste, and used one 28-ounce can crushed tomatos. Left out the canned mushrooms and red peppers because we also didn't have those. Used 1-tablespoon honey instead of sugar just because. Not mentioned in the recipe, but I salt and peppered the meat and raw veggies after I added them to the pot. Did not use bouillon cubes because I didn't have them, but I used 4t. beef Better than Bouillon and 1-cup of water. I used everything else the recipe called for. Cooked 1 hr 45 minutes with lid on, then removed the lid and cooked another 30-45 minutes to intensify the flavor. Adjusted with salt and fresh ground black pepper in the end, and possibly the best meat sauce I have ever made and eaten. I usually make Mama DiSpirito meatballs with tomato sauce, but this was every bit as good as the giant Italian meatballs. Fabulous, and I highly recommend!
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Made this last week with a few adjustments for items we did not have on hand: left out ground...