I used this recipe as a base and it was wonderful! I altered a few things from the very start, based upon the top positive and negative reviews. I would say it is hands down the best red sauce I've had...and I'm super picky.
I added a 3/4cup onion more...just my preference
Three cloves garlic (preference)
15oz tomato sauce (sweet basil flavor)
Substituted a 1/2cup Sauvignon Cabernet for the water and sugar
No fennel seed (if you're using sweet italian sausage)
Added 1 teaspoon oregano
Lots of salt and pepper. I go by sight and preference! Taste as you go YUMM!
I cooked the sausage (155F),
and the onion/mushroom/green pepper/garlic mixture*
...in three separate pans. Cook all three completely.
*Start cooking the onions and mushrooms together first in a pan of medium low olive oil. Add a small chopped green pepper. Add garlic the last two minutes. The whole thing should take about 15min.
Combine both meats and onion/garlic mixture in a large pan. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, red wine and seasonings. Bring to simmer and follow above instructions OR
I transferred it all into a 5.5quart Crock Pot and cook on high for 3.5hrs, stirring occasionally. BEST.SAUCE.EVER.
My advice is to add more of what you like/prefer. Happy cooking!!
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I used this recipe as a base and it was wonderful! I altered a few things from the very start,...