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Old Guy's No Salt Added Spaghetti Sauce


I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, in a multi-ethnic area. My first real job was driving the delivery car for a local pharmacy. Two of our regular customers were an elderly Italian couple. If I was lucky, I would get to their house at dinner time. Mrs F. always had a pot of spaghetti at every meal. I loved hearing her say, "come in and have a taste". Her idea of a taste was a huge bowl of the best spaghetti and sauce I have ever eaten. I have tried to duplicate that delicious sauce for years. This is my version, minus added salt. There is some salt from the tomatoes naturally, and the bacon, but the sodium is minimal.


Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
3 pieces precooked low sodium bacon
4 cloves of garlic
2 stalks of celery, on from the center with leaves
1 small sweet onion
1 carrot
1/2 cup of bell pepper
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons  unsalted butter
1/4 cup half and half
2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes
2 cans no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 cup of red wine



Begin, by finely chopped the celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bell pepper in a food chopper. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to your skillet and saute vegetables until translucent.
Add chopped bacon, then add veggies to a large stock pot.
Brown meats in same skillet until no pink remains. Add meat to vegetables. Deglaze pan with wine and add wine to pot. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices. Cover and let simmer for 3 to 4 hours.
Add half and half and butter and allow to simmer another half hour.
Add a salad and some Tuscan roasted garlic bread and enjoy!

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