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Big Daddy's Classic Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausage
My oldest original recipe. When I was a young sailor stationed in San Diego, California, I shared a house with two other friends. Not too long after occupying our new digs we invited our girlfriends over for dinner, and I was assigned the role of chef. After a quick phone call home to mom, and a little creativity, the following sauce was born. It has been modified and tinkered with over the years but I havent changed it in so long that I can't remember. The key here is to ensure that the sausage and ground beef are well browned over very hot heat. This builds up wonderful flavors that carry through the entire sauce.
Slice sausages into 1"-2" chunks and brown completely over medium high heat; set aside.
Brown ground chuck and ground pork. Drain and set aside
In large pot heat small amount of olive oil, add onions, garlic and bay leaf and sauté until onions are transparent.
Add ¼ cup ot the Marsala and cook it down until it's mostly evaporated. Add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, water, and all spices. Allow to simmer very slowly for one hour. Add mushrooms, meat and remaining Marsala. Continue simmering for an additional hour or so. Taste and adjust spices during this period.
If you have the time, allow to cool over night and reheat before serving.
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