**Make a double batch and freeze half so you can use this amazing sauce next time you make lasagna, it’s awesome. Try this No-Boil Meatless Lasagna recipe, it’s so easy!**
When I say Amazing Spaghetti Sauce, I am not exaggerating. This is my new favorite sauce recipe! I got it from my sister and it is FANTASTIC!!!
**FYI:This sauce can easily be made in the slow cooker. You just need to brown the meat with the onion and garlic first and then add 2 tbsp of tomato paste (you do not need tomato paste when cooking it on the stove.) The tomato paste will help it thicken, something it naturally does on it’s own as it cooks down on the stove. But because moisture will not be escaping when it cooks in the slow cooker you need to help it with a little tomato paste.
At first I was skeptical because it simmer’s with a couple bay leaves in it and I wasn’t sure what that would do to the flavor. Oh man, it just might be the secret ingredient. It is so subtle yet you are like, “Dang, why is this sauce so good? Hmm, maybe it’s the bay leaves.”
When I made this last week I used crushed tomatoes that had basil in them, so I cut down on how much basil I added. I also didn’t have Italian Seasoning, so I made my own mixture of thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. As long as you get a decent amount of Italian flavored spices in this sauce you can’t go wrong.
Also, my sister likes to make the sauce without meat and then cook the meat separately and add it at the end. That is fine if you prefer, but I love to let the sauce simmer with the sausage in it, it adds a depth of flavor that is AWESOME!
last night for stuffed shells, seemed even more Amazing!!!! You have got to try this sauce with this Stuffed Shells Recipe.
**See that pan in the picture? It is what I like to call my “Special Pan.” I love this pan, I use it everyday! It works great on the stove top or in the oven, it has a very tight sealing lid that helps cook things evenly and quickly. I LOVE IT!!!! It is like a member of the family and I would be lost without it. If you want a “Special Pan” of your own, you can order one at Amazon.com.
- ¼ cup butter
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 segments of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
- ½ lb Italian Sausage, I use sweet Italian and use 3-4 links and I remove the casings.
- 1 29 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper (scant)
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp basil
- ½ tsp oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- Saute the onion in the butter and olive oil for 2 minutes add sausage and garlic and cook until sausage is cooked through.
- Add everything else and simmer for two hours.
- Remove bay leaves before serving
- Serve over spaghetti noodles or use it to make lasagna or stuffed shells
- Leftover sauce can be frozen and used in future meals.
This is SO worth making in large batches and freezing in meal sized portions….next time I might quadruple it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think this would also work great in the crock pot if you browned the meat with the onion and garlic before putting everything in the slow cooker.
I have a giant thing of bay leaves, it’s much cheaper to buy them in bulk and mine has lasted six years and has at least 75-100 leaves in it still.