1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound mild italian Sausage, Sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 Carrots, diced
2 celery stalks
12 mushrooms, sliced/halved
15 ounce tomato sauce
30 ounce diced tomatoes
2 can tomato paste
3 cubes beef bouillon
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup beef broth
Chop/slice/dice all ingredients
Keep celery, carrots, and onions together
Keep mushrooms, and peppers together
Add ground beef and sliced sausage to large stock pot. Add some salt/pepper to season while browning if desired.
Cook down to get all the fat out
Strain meat in colander to drain fat
Put the meat back in the stock pot
Add celery, carrots, and onions
Add beef broth and bouillon cubes, stir well
Cover and let veggies cook down, stir now and then
After about 10 minutes add the peppers, mushrooms, and all spices/seasonings
Cover and let all of this cook/absorb flavours for 5 minutes
Add all tomato ingredients, stir well
Leave heat up until it starts to simmer then reduce to "low"
Let Simmer on low for at least 2 hours.
Cook up your spag noodles, transfer to plates and add sauce on top. Serve it up
I have been making this sauce for 3 years and have played with the ingredients each time I made it to get the right balance.
I found that you don't need to splurge on tomato sauces etc. I have started using walmart "best value" brand. It's about half the price of the name brands and it's just as good. The sugar cuts any tartness in the tomato.
I use farm boy mild italian sausage now. I have tried many other types of farm boy sausages but if they're too hot it overpowers the other flavours.
This sauce freezes very well. The recipe makes a boat load of sauce so unless you're feeding hordes of people you'll have leftovers.
My family thinks this sauce is in the OMFG category. Hopefully you will agree.
Don't use sauces/diced tomatoes with spices, etc added or you may overpower the sauce with a flavour.
I normally taste test after an hour of simmering and see if it needs anything.
Excellent rainy day recipe when you can't smoke or grill.