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Tim's Special Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Tim Rice


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
2 cups button mushrooms – cut in half
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
2 jars store bought pre-made sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 can tomato sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh basil – chopped

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
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
It took me many years to perfect this recipe. Please enjoy responsibly! I recommend Paul Newman’s but any premade sauce will do…with the exception of Ragu...never ever Ragu!!




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