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The aroma that filled our kitchen today was tantalizing! This robust sauce certainly was worth the wait. This is different than any other sauces that we've tried...for us it was very "fruity" in flavor. I'm not sure if it was the combination of herbs or the brand of tomatoes - all in all it was extremely delicious and very hearty. Ours was not at any point thin and coated the pasta perfectly. Your "old world" description is appropriate but we would even venture to call it "out of this world". Thanks FarahC!

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Acerast September 11, 2009

Best spaghetti sauce ever!

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jcaldwel November 17, 2011

Excellent recipe! I made without water and with canned chopped tomatoes that I pureed in the blender. The texture was perfect!

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Shakahari May 26, 2010

I LOVED it!!! Simply terrific recipe. Goes great with your meatball recipe.

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TaterBug! :) May 09, 2009

My DH said I hit it out of the ball park with this recipe. He LOVES Spaghetti Sauce and has eaten it a lot. He says this is THE BEST of all the sauces he has eaten. I am not a red sauce fan but now I am!!!! I will not ever try another sauce. This is the 2nd time in a month I have made it. I put it in the crock pot minus 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. I added homemade Italian sausage from Sunflower Market. This sausage has little grease, so I broke the sausage into little pieces and just threw them in without cooing them. I add only 1/2 TBLS of sugar, didn't want a sweet sauce. Added a tsp of Worcestershire Sauce, a tsp of Marjoram and Fennel seed. Then threw in a pinch of Baking Soda. I now have put this recipe in a special place so I will always know where it is. If you love spaghetti sauce this is a MUST TRY!!! It really does have an old world flavor to it. You won't be sorry.

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slickchick April 04, 2009

It is still cooking, and has been ''tasted'' by both of us, over the course of the afternoon. Yum, yum! I halved the recipe easily--used fresh basil and some fresh tomato cut tiny. I agree with one of the other raters that the sauce was plenty thick! In fact, I added a little water. A KEEPER!! THX!

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Southern California Girl October 13, 2008

This sauce had a great flavor. It really did taste like an Old World recipe! It was neither too sweet nor bland. It was not spicy, but it was not flat either. I was glad you warned it would be thin. It was indeed very runny. Only the tomato chunks stayed on top of our spaghetti. But, the flavor was so wonderful I didn't care. I had to make alterations for my ingredients and lifestyle. First, I used a crockpot. I had to substitute tomato paste and water for the tomato puree. I only had cans of whole tomatoes instead of crushed, so I put those in the blender. I was out of basil, so I used parsley. We don't have any wine in the house, so I substituted cranberry juice. The cranberry juice was put in much sooner than wine would have been so it would meld with the other ingredients. I couldn't believe how authentic it tasted. I was frightened to use a fruit juice, but I recommend it heartily. Yum. We had premade, frozen non-Italian flavored meatballs, and they went well with the sauce too. I don't think we could have served anything that would have detracted from its flavor. This made a TON of sauce. I ended up storing the leftovers in 4 freezer bags. Each had a one-gallon capacity, and I think they were 1/4 full. I tried to divide into portions similar to what we used for dinner that night. This would be great for making batches to freeze, or it works well for huge families. Maybe it was so runny because I had to substitute for the crushed tomatoes. I might have had more juice. I didn't know if I was supposed to drain them or not. I ended up reducing the water to accommodate the extra juice from the canned tomatoes. Maybe if I had not used that juice, mixed my own puree and used an alcohol substitute that wouldn't have evaporated, I wouldn't have had such a runny sauce. That is the only reason I ranked this a 4. It was so sloppy it splashed on my shirt, face, arms and table.

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Burned Toast May 10, 2006

I made this for bf who is a hunter and very picky. I added venison burger (1 lb)and venison sausage (1/2 lb,)when cooking the onions, added the spices during this process because i am still not 100% wild on venison burger,I did add a touch more sugar and a splash of Worcestershire. I loved it and he thought it was the best sauce he ever had. Thank you :)

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Anonymous April 13, 2015

This was one of the best sauces ever! So flavorful and fantastic. Everyone who had this raved about it! Thanks for this great recipe!

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Chef Creampuff May 25, 2007

I really loved this! Mine wasn't a bit runny, though. The only things I did differently were to make my own puree from a can of whole tomatoes, and I cooked it in a large deep skillet. Oh, and added a carrot and habanero. It was actually so thick I stopped cooking it after two hours. Excellent! Thank you for a great meatless sauce!

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Michelle Minicucci October 25, 2006
Old World Italian Spaghetti Sauce