Thick and hearty. This sauce sure did get my families stamp of approval. I found this recipe in Taste Of Home magazine. When I made this recipe I cut it in half. I used a little less then 1 pound of broken up sweet italian sausage patties. I used Splenda in place of the sugar, which I will use much less next time as I found this to sweet for even my family. I used all dried herbs as that what I have on hand and which I used 1 handful of dried parsley and the amounts given for the basil & oregano as I didn't cut back on these. When I made this sauce I cooked this in my crock pot on high for 4 hours.