Three Meat Sauce


2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb mushrooms, cleaned, and sliced into 1/4 inch chunks
Pinch salt
1 1/2 oz prosciutto
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage, mild or hot (remove from casing if you use links)
1 1/2 lb beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
1 (29 oz) can Italian tomatoes (squish by hand), include juices
1 (29 oz) can tomato puree
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 t garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh basil, rinsed and torn
1 t dried basil
1 t dried parsley (or 1 T fresh)
1 t dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine
Salt or more garlic to taste Read More

Meatball Pie


Makes two pies (8 servings)

Filling Ingredients:

2 recipes meatballs
4 cups thick spaghetti sauce, homemade or from a jar
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Crust Ingredients:

2/3 cup warm water
1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
1 t sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
1 t salt
2 eggs, beaten with a fork
6 T butter, softened
1 egg, with 1 T added water, beaten Read More

Pizza Sauce, version 2

3pizzas 3Ingredients:

3 large garlic cloves, minced
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 (44 oz) tomato puree, or 1 (29 oz) can and 1 (15 oz) can of puree
2 T carrots, minced (approximately two large baby carrots)
2 Parmesan rinds
1 2/3 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
1 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 t oregano
1/4 t basil
Pinch ground rosemary
Pinch ground thyme
Several shakes of crushed red pepper flakes Read More

Garlicky Pasta Sauce with Meatballs


Makes enough sauce to serve over pasta for about 8 people


1 recipe baked meatballs
2 full heads of garlic, roasted, peeled with the cloves left whole
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, rough chopped
1 (32 oz) can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 (28 oz) can tomato puree
6 oz (or more if necessary) of tomato paste
1 cup of beef stock
1 cup of good red wine
1 Parmesan or Romano rind
1 good cup or more of fresh basil, rinsed and torn
1 bay leaf
a few shakes of hot red pepper flakes, or to taste, I use 1/4 teaspoon
4 t garlic powder
1 t dried basil
3/4 t of fresh ground black pepper
1  1/2 t dried oregano
1 t dried crushed rosemary
Optional: dark brown sugar Read More

Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms


2 T olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
12 oz mushrooms, sliced into chunks
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can tomatoes, hand squished
1 (28 oz) can tomato puree
1 (14.5) oz can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz can) tomato paste
1 cup basil, fresh, rinsed and torn
1 1/2 t dried leaf oregano
1/4 t dried leaf thyme
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 t black pepper
1 T brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine
1 parmesan or Romano cheese rind Read More