My Mama Iuliucci's "Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe by Karen..
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins




  • Combine tomato products in large stock pot or dutch oven.
  • Add a 28 ounce can of water and stir.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Sprinkle with sugar, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, parsley and grated cheese and stir to combine.
  • In a frying pan, heat about 1/4" of vegetable oil and fry up your sausage or meatballs until cooked through.
  • Add the meat to the simmering sauce, along with any optional meats (recommended) mentioned in ingredients.
  • Now, this is an important, not to be left out, step: Add chopped onions and garlic to pan that meat was fried in.
  • Do not drain anything before adding onions and garlic-- there should be some drippings/oil left in the pan!
  • Fry onions and garlic until tender and aromatic.
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Another important step, not to be left out: Add about 1/2 cup water to the pan and swish around, combining the leftover drippings and onion and garlic.
  • Pour and scrape it all into the simmering sauce.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Let simmer for 3 hours or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  • I keep mine only half way covered, so it cooks down and gets thick and rich.
  • Remove pepperoni, chicken and ribs if used.
  • Remove meat from bones of chicken and ribs and add back to sauce in small shreds.
  • Discard pepperoni, eat it, or chop it up and add it back to sauce.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy.