i feel like everybody needs to have a tried & true. go to. knock it out of the park. know it by heart. no measuring needed. super flavor packed. family recipe for a red sauce. right?
you know what i mean? a sauce that you make so often. and its secret ingredient is love. a sauce that your kiddos will recognize the smell. and it makes them feel warm & cozy inside. a sauce that has a taste that you’re so used to having that every other red sauce just doesn’t taste quite right.
well. gang. i would love to share my secret red sauce with you. honestly. its not secret. its certainly not fancy. its not stewed tomatoes slaved over for hours on end. its just downright delicious.
2 jars of tomato basil Rao’s sauce
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion. diced
3 large cloves garlic. minced
1 small carton of fresh spinach
2 zucchinis. diced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 pounds Italian sausage. casing removed.
1.5 pound lean ground beef
1 box of Boursin cheese
heat a few tablespoons of oil in a pot. sautee the chopped onion until they are translucent & soft. add in the garlic. sautee for another two minutes. add in the zucchini & spinach. allow the zucchini to soften. allow the spinach to wilt.
pour in the jars of sauce. the crushed tomato. and the tomato paste. stir to combine.
add in the oregano. salt. & pepper.
set this pot aside. on low heat. bring it to a steady simmer.
in a separate pan. brown the sausage & ground beef. crumbling as it cooks. season with a sprinkle of salt & pepper. drain the meat & then add the meat to the red sauce.
lastly. add the Boursin cheese into the sauce. stir until the cheese has completely melted & mixed in.
allow this to simmer over low heat for a bit. the longer the better. but it is not necessary. you could serve this immediately after combining. that being said. the longer it simmers. the greater the flavors will meld.
be sure to taste test your sauce at the end. add seasoning to your liking. you may want more salt. maybe more pepper. maybe a pinch of garlic powder. doctor it up further to meet your liking. you cannot mess it up when you are tasting as you go. and a little bonus idea. throw in a jar of basil pesto. it will take this sauce to the next level!
this is a great sauce to freeze. so i tend to double this recipe to have a boatload to freeze. store the sauce in smaller containers to create perfect portion sizes based on your families needs.
i use this sauce for so many recipes. spaghetti & meatballs. turkey baked ziti. zucchini lasagna. all the things. it is truly a staple in our house. i just know that you will love it!
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