An excellent moderately hot sausage! In our family, we make sweet sausage (Salsiccia dolce), which is quite similar -- instead of red pepper flakes, we add dried basil (though it has to be VERY fresh dry basil), and sometimes marjoram, and somewhat more fennel. But then the cuisine I grew up with, from the area fronting the Gulf of Salerno, tends to be sweeter rather than hotter. (The tomato sauce, which could be christened Salsa Cotta, far from todays fad for "fresh", that is, only slightly cooked, tomato, has to cook for hours, so that the sugars in the tomato (sometimes also with added sugar) caramelize slowly, giving the sauce a deep dark-red color, and even tinting the olive oil red. This sauce is very simple: tomato paste is mixed with sugar, garlic is lightly sauteed (but not so much it browns) and the paste and sugar are slowly browned in the garlic and olive oil. To this is added water, basil, marjoram or very fresh oregano, perhaps some finely chopped rosemary, and occasionally some red wine. Then it is cooked slowly for a very long time, hours usually, just at a good simmer. (If one is frying meatballs or sausage, after pouring off the excess fat, the pan is deglazed with water, wine or sauce and this is added to flavor the sauce). The complexity and richness of the flavors in this cooked tomato sauce cannot be rivaled by the raw or near-raw tomato sauces, in my opinion. Buon appettito!
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An excellent moderately hot sausage! In our family, we make sweet sausage (Salsiccia dolce),...