Jo Mama's World Famous Spaghetti

By Sharlene~W on March 17, 2002

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Ingredients

    1. 2 lbs Italian sausage, casings removed ( mild or hot)
    2. 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
    3. 3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
    4. 1 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
    5. 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    6. 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
    7. 2 cups water ( for a long period of simmering for flavors to meld. If you don't want to simmer it as long, add less)
    8. 3 teaspoons basil
    9. 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
    10. 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
    11. 1 teaspoon salt
    12. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    13. 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    14. 1/4 cup red wine ( a good Cabernet!)
    15. 1 lb thin spaghetti
    16. parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In large, heavy stockpot, brown Italian sausage, breaking up as you stir.
  2. Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onions are softened.
  3. Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water.
  4. Add basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
  5. Stir well and barely bring to a boil.
  6. Stir in red wine.
  7. Simmer on low, stirring frequently for at least an hour. A longer simmer makes for a better sauce, just be careful not to let it burn!
  8. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  9. Spoon sauce over drained spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.