This might not exactly be a BBQ season kinda recipe, but it’s so damn good it’s made everyone in my house fall in love with spaghetti all over again. Yesterday was a spaghetti and salad night since Davin had to leave for Innisfail for a verrrry important golf tournament for work so we needed a quick and easy supper before he left, and it reminded me that I still hadn’t shared this favorite of ours!
I first made this recipe before I had Lyric when I made a bunch of freezer meals ahead of time, and it automatically became the only homemade spaghetti sauce I’ll ever make. The spicy Italian sausage meat is the perfect twist on a traditional spaghetti sauce and adds just the right amount of spice to go along with all of the other flavors.
I continue to buy the spicy Italian sausage from the grocery store and just remove the casings (which is really quite simple), but next time I’m going to try buying spicy ground sausage meat from the butcher to save me from the prep work (and probably cut costs) see if it tastes the same. I wouldn’t call this “hot” by any means, but if you’re not into any kind of spicy, just replace it with regular sausage meat! The biggest difference we find when comparing this to any other traditional hamburger sauce is the texture and flavor. It can be more greasy than using ground hamburger, but I usually just drain half of it before adding all of the other ingredients.
This freezes exceptionally well, so I always always double if not, triple, the recipe and split it among canning jars then freeze them for quick and easy meals like last night. This is probably one of my favorite recipes I’ve shared so I hope you try it and let me know what you think!
- 1/8 Cup butter
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 4 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1.5-2 lbs Spicy Italian sausage, casings removed (I use anywhere from 5-9 large sausages)
- 1 - 29 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 - 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- Salt & pepper to your preference
- 1 Tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 Tsp basil
- 1 Tsp oregano
- 3 Bay leaves
- Saute the onion, garlic, butter and olive oil for a few minutes until blended nicely.
- Blend the sausage with your hands until it's like any other ground meat, then add to the saucepan and cook thoroughly
- Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for one hour
- Remove the bay leaves before serving
Double or triple the recipe then divide into canning jars and freeze for quick and easy meals!