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Recipe for family meals :

Meat Sauce (Sugo)

Recipes my Nonna taught meThis is one of the recipes that has come from the cookbook "Recipes my Nonna taught me" by Francena - to visite her website and order her cookbook click here.

If you want to know a little about the book have a look athe item entitled "Write your own Cookbook".

Francena said, "This is the sauce I use for lasagna, manicotti, baked ziti and pizza".


3/4 lb ground round or sirloin to lower fat content (always use a lean cut when adding pork to recipe)
3/4 lb Italian sausage - hot or mild
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
15 oz can tomato sauce
12 oz can tomato paste
1 can water
1 tbsp chopped parsely
Pinch of salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp sugar
1 tbsp Basil
2 Bay leaves

  • Brown the meat, sausage, onion and garlic until the sausage is thoroughly cooked.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.

Always use a wooden spoon to stir sauce becasue a metal spoon can transfer the taste of metal to the food.

When cooking with tomatoes always add a pinch of Basil.

Serves 6 - 8