"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

Tim's Special Pasta Sauce Recipe

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This recipe for Tim's Special Pasta Sauce, by , is from The Family Cookbook Project Sample Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Tim Rice
Added: Wednesday, September 14, 2005


2 large white onions - cut into approx. 1 ½ inch pieces
2 large green peppers - cut into approx. 1 ½ inch pieces
1 garlic clove – peeled and chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dry basil leaves
1 can tomato paste
2 can tomato sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh basil – chopped
2 cups button mushrooms – halved
2 jars store bought pre-made sauce (I recommend Paul Newman’s but any premade sauce will do)

Brown ground beef and sausage in large skillet and drain excess fat – set aside
Sauté onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil in large pot until tender.
Add salt, pepper, red pepper and dry basil and stir well.
Add the store bought sauce and immediately discard jars so that nobody sees your secret ingredient.
Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato sauce. Stir Well.
Add bay leaves and fresh basil.
Fold in the cooked beef and sausage.
Cook on low for three to five hours stirring often.

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3-5 Hours
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It took me many years to perfect this recipe. Please enjoy responsibly!




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