"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."--Calvin Trillin

Aunt Jo's Sauce Recipe

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Aunt Jo
Added: Friday, July 11, 2008


3 small cans Hunt's tomato paste
1 large can Hunt's tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
5 to 6 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 c. basil (or amount to taste)
1/3 c. Romano cheese (or amount to taste)
2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 small green pepper, diced
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 T. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
4 links Johnsonville mild sausage

1. Prick sausage with fork or toothpick on all sides. In saucepan, add small amount of olive oil and brown the sausage all over. Remove sausage from pan.
2. Add 3 cans of tomato paste with 2 cans water per paste can; add tomato puree with 2 cans water. Mix together to dissolve the tomato paste.
3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil on low to medium heat. After boil has been reached, add the sausage back to the pan and let simmer 4 to 5 hours. If the sauce begins to thicken, just add more water.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe is a combination of Grandma and Grandpa DiSalvatore's input, as well as my own. Grandma used to like to use chuck roast; she would brown it first and then add to the sauce and let it simmer for part of the day. I usually double the recipe and freeze the leftovers.




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