Thanks Elly (my mother-in-law) for this recipe! I made it in the slow cooker this morning so it cooked while we were at church and when we came home, as soon as walked in the door, there was this delicious aroma. It was great, I got rave reviews from our dinner guests!
1 c. finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar
1 small can tomato paste
1/4. tsp salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
28 oz. (2 cans) diced tomatoes, plain or Italian style, undrained
2 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, or 1/2 tsp dried
1 pkg. (tube) of Jimmy Dean regular sausage (optional, you could also use ground beef or ground turkey)
Brown sausage and drain fat.
Turn on slow cooker to low heat. Add sausage and remaining ingredients, stir well. Let cook on low 4-6 hours. Right before serving, check consistency. You may want to add a little water if it is too thick. This made enough to cover 1 whole pkg. of spaghetti noodles.
It's great served with my garlic breadstick recipe that I posted in May.