Grandma’s Pasta Sauce – Need A Hand

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Grandma’s Pasta Sauce

Need A Hand
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 24 ounce jar Prego "Traditional" tomato sauce
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 52 ounces water

Instructions

To start:

  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Place Italian sausage links into a foil lined 13×9 pan with a little room between each link.
  • Bake Italian sausage for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

While Sausage Bakes:

  • Cook ground beef in a large saucepan over medium high heat until no longer pink.
  • Drain ground beef in a colander or strainer.
  • Return ground beef to saucepan.
  • Add garlic powder and stir.
  • Note: do not discard jar and can of Prego after next step.
  • Add Prego and crushed tomatoes to saucepan.
  • Add water to Prego jar and swirl to get last bits of sauce out of jar.
  • Add Prego water to saucepan.
  • Add water to crushed tomatoes can and swirl to get last bits of sauce out of jar.
  • Add crushed tomatoes water to saucepan.
  • Resume cooking over medium heat.

Once Sausage is Cooked and While Sauce Cooks

  • Allow sausage to cool for approximately 10 minutes on wire rack on counter.
  • Stir sauce every 6-8 minutes.

Once Sausage is Cooled and While Sauce Cooks

  • Using tongs and a sharp knife, chop sausage into thin rounds or halve the sausages and then slice into thin pieces, depending on your preference.
  • Stir sauce every 6-8 minutes.
  • Add sausage to saucepan.
  • Simmer gently for 10-15 more minutes.
  • Serve with pasta of your choice.

Notes

Serving suggestions:
Freezes and reheats well.
Recipe can be halved or doubled.

Don’t need the extra help? See our “Confidence” version of Grandma’s Pasta Sauce.