Monday, March 3, 2008

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My entry for Festa Italiana! Thanks to Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita and Marie from Proud Italian Cook for hosting this roundup!

This is a family favorite at our house! My kids love spaghetti, any pasta really. When I discovered this sauce, I knew I would never use sauce from a jar again!
Hope you enjoy! **It makes quite a bit. I usually freeze the left over sauce for another use**

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
12 servings

4 celery ribs, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2-1/2 cups water, divided
3 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
5 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 cups hot cooked spaghetti
Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

In a Dutch oven, combine the celery, onion, green pepper and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender and water is reduced.
Crumble sausage over vegetable mixture; cook until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper and remaining water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over spaghetti. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired.


Maryann said...

Wonderful recipe, Sara Lynn! Thank you for joining us for Festa Italiana!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Sara Lynn, This is a wonderful addition to our Festa Italiana. you can never have enough of some good spaghetti sauce! Thank you for your entry.