1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper flakes
1 large onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato paste
7 pounds of fresh, peeled tomatoes (I prefer a mixture) or four 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
1 (16 oz. package) sliced mushrooms
3 large bell peppers (diced)
1 jalepeno pepper (chopped fine) (Substitute 2 banana pepper for hot peppers if desired.)
1 red chili pepper (fresh or 2 tbsp. dried)
2 teaspoons Kosher salt plus to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 pound pork ribs or other pork
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, crumbled into small pieces
2 tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh oregano (chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
2 bay leaves (crushed)
1/2 to 1 cup grated Parmesan
In a skillet or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef and pork. Drain the excess grease. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until it loses its raw color, about 7 minutes. Pour all meat into a large soup pot.
Next, pour olive oil into skillet or Dutch oven. Add the mushrooms and pepper flakes and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the onion, celery and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and herbs and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer all ingredients from the skillet to large soup pot. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes one at a time, crushing them by hand as you go. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a rolling boil, then continue to boil for 30 minutes.
Reduce heat, simmer the sauce over medium-low heat, covered, for a minimum of 3 hours. Stir occasionally. (If the sauce gets too thick adjust the consistency with water.) Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, remove the pork (save for later use) add the parmesan cheese.
Serve over spaghetti or linguine pasta. This sauce makes a great base sauce for lasagna or other Italian tomato sauce dish.
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Recipe courtesy of Sweet Basil Farms, and photo courtesy of pioneer woman.com, and J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.