Uncle Howard's Pasta Sauce

My Uncle Howard enjoys being an authority on things, food most certainly included, and this is his take on Bolognese sauce. I think it's quite good and the shortcuts make it very quick and easy!

1 medium onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs olive oil

1 lb Italian sausage (I use turkey sausage. Note: mild is better - if you use all hot sausage, you'll struggle to eat more than a mouthful or two of the final sauce, so at least mix hot and mild.)
1 lb baby bella mushrooms, cubed
red wine

1 jar prepared marinara sauce (Newman's Own is good, or The Fresh Market's)
2 14 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
dried herbs of your choice: basil, oregano, etc.

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat and saute onion and garlic until tender. Remove from pot and reserve.

Brown sausage until all pink is gone. Return vegetables to pot. Add the cubed mushrooms. Add a "splash" of red wine and simmer gently about 5 minutes. (I probably add 1/2 cup of wine, more or less, depending on my mood.)

Add the jar of marinara, tomatoes and sugar. Note: I tend not to add further herbs since the marinara is usually flavorful enough; but as you will.

Simmer gently 30-40 minutes to blend flavors.

Note: Newman's Own Sockarooni sauce is a good addition and makes the sauce more robust. Until this recipe, I had never used jarred sauce in my own. But remember, Howard is the Authority.




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