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Mama Foley’s Easy Italian-Irish-American Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This recipe for Mama Foley’s Easy Italian-Irish-American Spaghetti Sauce, by , is from Calico Kids and Friends Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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Added: Friday, April 13, 2007


6 Sweet Italian sausages (or 3 sweet and 3 hot)
Fresh basil (1 small package, about 4 or 5 “twigs”)
½ bulb of garlic (4 or 5 cloves)
Olive oil
Red pepper
2 small cans of tomato paste (1 garlic, 1 Italian seasonings-flavored)
2 large cans of Kitchen Ready tomatoes
1 large can of tomato puree
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning

Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with a thin layer of olive oil. Add sausage and simmer on low heat until about 75% cooked. Add more olive oil as needed, keeping pan covered.
Slice 4 or 5 garlic cloves into thin slivers and add to the pan. Simmer until garlic starts to turn clear (don’t let it burn or stick—use a wooden spatula to mix around the garlic to keep it from sticking).
Add both cans of tomato paste. Use an empty can to add water (3 cans full).
Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Add both of cans of Kitchen Ready tomatoes, and the can of puree.
Chop fresh basil leaves (discard stems) and add to sauce.
Add a dash of red pepper (less if using hot sausage).
Add garlic powder, salt (quite a bit), pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste.
Simmer for 3 to 4 hours on low to medium heat, adding water as needed for desired consistency.
*Tip: Never scrape the bottom of the pan when stirring.




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