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  •  I am sorry but that sounds terrible (0+ / 0-)

    Having been to Italy, I have to say I do not think that is a traditional recipe. I raised an eyebrow at the green pepper but I like green pepper so I could get past that. I could even get past the jarred garlic and dry hamburger. But you lost me at the Worcester sauce and we were forever apart when you added the steak sauce. And so much of each! Eww. I can see why you had to add two teaspoons of sugar to try to cut the tanginess, but also eww. I could never eat that. It just sounds scary to me.

    I make two types of pasta sauce. A cook it forever American style sauce and a fresh, fast more authentic type. My tips: use San marzano tomatoes if possible or Hunts tomato sauce and paste if not for the long cooked sauce. (I use chopped canned tomatoes for the other, with a little paste.) don't bother using genetically flavorless American supermarket tomatoes.

    Use as many fresh herbs as you can--basil, oregano, marjoram. Use fresh garlic.

    Use a meat you can brown to get some Maillard reaction flavors. I prefer johnsonville mild Italian sausage or any Italian sausage that has fennel. Cut links into chunks and then brown. Ground beef does not brown well, so I make meatballs, which do, for my American sauce.

    For my Italian sauce, I use diced pancetta (amatriciana style).

    Only use a pinch of sugar. Add a tiny bit of sweet white wine. Add red pepper flakes (to Italian sauce).

    No steak sauce. No Worcestershire. Green peppers could be an interesting touch, though.

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    by CatM on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 09:07:57 AM PDT

    •  I don't think it's traditional, either (0+ / 0-)

      The recipe never made a claim to be (I'm pretty sure they don't make much use of Louisiana Hot Sauce in Italy). Non-traditional, maybe, but it's definitely a hit in my family. YMMV, and tastes differ, of course. I've had many more traditional sauces, too. I'm a lover of most spaghetti sauces, but when it comes down to it, this is my own favorite way to make it. Again, YMMV, and no feelings hurt if you have to pass on it.

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      by Chrislove on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 03:35:05 PM PDT

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      •  it is possible (0+ / 0-)

        that it could end up tasting good. I just don't think it sounds good, so I would not be able to bring myself to try it. Sometimes foods combined a certain way yield miracles I would never believe.

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        by CatM on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 04:27:22 PM PDT

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        •  Well, at least one Kossack (0+ / 0-)

          has tried it, and it's a thumbs up. So maybe it's one of those things you'd have to try to believe. Sometimes veering from stifling tradition is a good thing, but if you're looking for an authentic Italian taste, this isn't it.

          I don't mind if you're straight. Just don't flaunt it in public.

          by Chrislove on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 11:35:52 PM PDT

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