How to make real Southern Italian Spaghetti Salsa (Sugo)

Almost everyone makes spaghetti sauce. This is the authentic and easy to make (in about 45 minutes), southern rich flavored Italian version. This recipe uses ground pork and Italian sausage, which seems to really make a rich and flavorful sauce typical in southern Italy. It can be used on any pasta dish, ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna, etc.. The northerners of Italy seem to prefer more plain tomato-centric sauces.

What you need to make it the southern Italian way,  like Nonno loves it:

·        1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

·        2 ounces lean ground pork, added and mixed to the meat from two 6” Italian Sausages (removed from casing )

·        1/4 tablespoons minced onion

·        4 garlic cloves, finely minced

·        2 28-ounces of whole tomatoes, crushed in the blender

·        6 leaves fresh basil, ripped into small pieces  (add ½ while cooking the balance when almost ready)

·        A Pinch of dried oregano (or Italiano Italian Spices)

·        ½ Teaspoon of sugar  or honey

·        Two pinches Salt and ground black pepper

·        1 or two pinches of crushed red pepper (or you can also use hot pepper sauce)

  • parmesan cheese and green parsley to top

How to make it the southern Italian way, like Nanna does it:

1.      Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, then add the mixed pork. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

2.      Add the onion and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté another minute or two.

3.      Add the tomatoes with their juice and bring to a boil.

4.      Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 45 minutes.

5.      Add the basil, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare your choice of pasta per instructions (Always follow Nanna’s a rule of thumb, 1 minute less boiling time to ensure the pasta is al dente).  Top with the sauce when ready, keeping some aside to top up each plate.

Serve and Enjoy!



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