You can add other herbs to suit your liking. I've known cooks to add parsley, bay leaves, oregano, marjoram, or take the easy way out and use 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning mix instead of the thyme. Experiment until you find the mix your family prefers.
Italian Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
3/4 pound ground beef
1/4 pound ground pork sausage meat
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs - I like Italian style seasoned
2 small eggs
1 clove garlic, or 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces tomato paste
1 large can of tomatoes or 2 regular cans
1 cup water
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 4 ounce can mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon thyme or other herbs as desired
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix the meats, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and eggs. Form into meatballs the about 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter. Brown in the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven (if cooking sauce on the stovetop).
- When meatballs are brown, remove from the pan and add the onion and green pepper. Saute for a few minutes.
- Return the meat balls to the pot and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours on the stovetop stirring occasionally. You're going to want to cover this, tomato sauces tend to spit occasionally.
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