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Spicy Italian Sausage Red Sauce

Spicy Italian Sausage Red Sauce

Serves 8

3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 lbs Hot Italian Sausage
2 (28 oz) cans Whole peeled tomatoes, or 28 oz fresh peeled tomatoes
2 large onions, diced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried Basil
1 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups stock (chicken, vegetable or beef)

Heat a large sauce pan over medium high heat.  Add 3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil and heat for approximately 45 seconds (or until you see it begin to shimmer).  Add sausage and let sit for about 3 minutes, do not stir.  Once the sausage begins to brown slightly, stir.  Allow to caramelize on all sides, then add garlic and onions.  Sauté mixture until onions begin to soften and brown slightly.  Add dried spices and salt and pepper.  Stir mixture together then add tomatoes and stock.

Allow sauce to simmer on medium/low for approximately 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.  If mixture becomes too dry add 1/2 cup water at a time until it loosens to your desired consistency.

Serve sauce with your favorite pasta and enjoy!!

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