If you ever have the time, it doesn't take much expense to make a lovely homemade meat sauce from scratch. Note: This recipe is a bulk recipe! I often will make a really big batch like this, then freeze what we don't use that night in ziploc bags for the next spaghetti night. This bulk recipe makes enough sauce for about 3 lb. of spaghetti or other pasta. We buy the huge can of crushed tomatoes from Sam's Club, but I've seen them at regular grocery stores in the bulk canned aisle.
This sauce is very hearty, and really makes spaghetti seem special. Who doesn't love a sauce that's not from a can?
Homemade Meat Sauce
1 lb. Italian Sausage, casings removed if you buy the actual sausages
3/4 large red or orange pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 bulk can crushed tomatoes (6 lb. 6 oz...we buy Angela Mia brand)
1/8 cup sugar
1 Tbs. salt
3/4 T. garlic powder
Pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried parsley, or 2 Tbs. fresh parsley
1 tsp. basil or 2 Tbs. fresh basil
Over medium high heat, in a stock pot or other large pot, cook the sausage with the pepper and onion. When the meat is browned through and the vegetables are tender, add in the crushed tomatoes. Add in the seasonings and mix thoroughly. Careful with the salt...when it reduces some, it will taste saltier than it does at first. Boil briefly for a minute or two, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer until the sauce thickens and the flavors mellow together...at least an hour, more if you can. Serve over pasta with fresh grated Parmesan. Freeze leftover sauce.