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Tuesday, September 19, 2006 Recipes Found: Two Authentic Italian Pasta Sauces

These two amazingly good sounding sauce recipes from Janis, who also wrote:

"Hi Christina,Here are two truly authentic Italian Pasta (Spaghetti) Sauces in response to Linda's requestStill love your KitchenCrafts goodies!Smiles,Janis "

A dear friend who cooks authentic Italian food for her husband, who was born and raised in Rome, taught me this recipe for

2 28-oz cans of Cento canned with basil (or other imported brand if Cento not available) Note: These are great but usually pretty pricey, so I would say that you may substitute American canned tomatoes if necessary. Try to find some canned with basil.
2 lbs. 8 oz. (2 1/2 lbs.) of mild Italian sausage (or ground beef or combination of beef and sausage may be substituted). If you can only find milk Italian sausage in big links rather than by bulk, just slit the links and remove the contents before cooking. This works just fine.
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 onion, chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic (optional)
Sweet Basil (fresh, frozen or dried) If using dried, use about 2 tablespoons per can of tomatoes, so in this sized batch the amount would be about 4 tablespoons)
Small amount Olive Oil
In large pot--
Sauté onions and, if you desire, the garlic cloves, in olive oil. Add Italian Sausage or Ground Beef (or combination) to brown. If using all or some Italian Sausage simmer on low heat for about 40 minutes. If using only ground beef, cook until browned. (This recipe is best if at least some Italian Sausage is used.) Drain fat from meat.
Puree canned tomatoes in blender. Add to meat mixture. Add tomato paste. Add beef bouillon, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer closed for about an hour.
This Red Italian Pasta Sauce is scrumptious!

Here is another delicious beauty...

Sauté fresh garlic in Olive Oil in a frying pan. Add Vodka (1/2 to 1 cup) and simmer for a few minutes.
Add red sauce (about half a cup) and small whipping cream till simmering.
Add parmesan cheese to thicken. Salt to taste.
Serve this pink sauce as is or you can also add ham and peas.
Serve over Penne Pasta. Soooo good :-)
Good luck! -- Janis

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