This has become a classic at our house. Sometimes I brown sausage and hamburger to add to it for meat suace or if I don't get lazy I make meatballs. We often freeze the leftover suace for quick weekday meals.
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 1 (16 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 (46 ounce) cans tomato juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons oregano
- 3 tablespoons basil
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1⁄8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄16 teaspoon rosemary
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes
- In a large stock pan, saute onions, garlic, and green peppers in the olive oil until the onions are translucent.
- Add oregano, marjoram, basil, rosemary and crushed red peppers.
- Saute a few minutes longer.
- Add tomatoe juice and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and add the brown sugar.
- Squeeze the whole tomatoes through your hand when adding to the pot and add the juice from the can to the pot also.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer at least 3 hours The longer the better I usually start it in the morning and simmer all day.