Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Basic Red Sauce

I make a basic red sauce and have been using this recipe forever..Mom's sauce always started with ground meat.. Dad  liked a thicker meatier sauce.  Mine starts with pieces of pork( I think pork sweetens the sauce and makes it more flavorful) and meatballs..Here is my basic sauce recipe:

2 lb. or more pork chops, pork butt or country style spare ribs(boneless)
4 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2  or 3 cans(28 oz.)crushed tomatoes or tomato puree(depends on how much meat you are using)
1  15 oz. can tomato sauce(optional)
1 small can tomato paste (3 cans water)
1 tsp.dried basil or 3 leaves fresh basil
1/2 to 3/4  tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 to 4 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 lb. meatballs (check out meatball recipe on blog)optional

In a large pot put 4 tablespoons olive or canola oil..Saute pork pieces, salt and pepper until browned.  Add tomato paste and water, add minced garlic, basil and onion powder. ..Simmer until bubbly..Add crushed tomatoes or puree..On medium heat cook sauce stirring frequently..Sauce will start to bubble..Lower heat ..Add meatballs(check out meatball recipe on blog)..Cover slightly..Cook about 3 hours.. Note:  Add tomato sauce to recipe if you are adding meatballs or add another large can crushed tomatoes or puree.
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