Ingredients

How to make it

  • In a large sauté pan, heat up the oil, not too hot.
  • Add the onion and bacon and begin to cook, quite slowly See Photo. The onions shouldn’t colour too much.
  • After about 10-15 minutes, add the peppers, garlic and dried herbs. See Photo
  • Continue to cook for a little while till the garlic gets fragrant.
  • Add the red wine (how much is up to you!) and stir well.
  • Add the tomato puree and stir that well in too. See Photo
  • Add the mushroom ketchup See Photo. If you don’t have this, you could perhaps try Worcestershire sauce but add cautiously and keep tasting.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes with all their juices. See Photo
  • Continue to cook down, slowly.
  • If necessary, add boiling water a little at a time to keep the consistency right.
  • In a separate pan, gently heat the second lot of olive oil.
  • Add the mushrooms and onion.
  • Sauté until softened and a little coloured.
  • Meanwhile, add the fresh tomatoes to the sauce, and stir now and then while they break down. See Photo
  • When the mushroom/onion mixture is ready, tip it into the sauce. See Photo
  • Set the sauce aside while you prepare Donnie’s Italian Style Meatballs, following this recipe: Donnies Italian Style Meatballs
  • When the meatballs are done, deglaze the oven tray with another good ‘glug’ of red wine. See Photo
  • Add the meatballs and the meat juice/wine mixture to the sauce.
  • Heat through, and adjust the consistency with boiling water and check the seasoning.
  • If necessary, add more salt and pepper, and a little more mushroom ketchup (or Worcestershire sauce) to taste.
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti until ‘al dente’.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce over the pasta.
After adding red wine and tomato puree   Close
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  • terie95 3 years ago
    tryed it last night its ok if u like that stuff but i was up for tryin new things...
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  • browneyegirl 3 years ago
    I had to come and check this recipe out and I thought it is an very good one.
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  • lovebreezy 3 years ago
    Again, great recipe, great photo and congrats on being featured on the home page.
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  • cliff 4 years ago
    Oh My! This looks so rich, thick and tasty! Gotta try this one!
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  • hungrybear 4 years ago
    a Goody
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  • lilliancooks 4 years ago
    I'm very picky about my tomato sauce, but this sounds absolutely amazing! Lots of flavors going on here! Great post Susan!
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  • sitbynellie 4 years ago
    Next time I make this I might add a tsp. or two of red wine vinegar. Just to see what happens.
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  • caramia 4 years ago
    Nelly great recipes and I know I am going to enjoy them.
    I am orignially from Greenock and I have been in the USA since 1980. Good to see a fello Scot on here
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  • kristopher 4 years ago
    Great post. Featured on the homepage!
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    " It was excellent "
    donman ate it and said...
    Great recipe Sue. You really did a great job posting it. Also, thanks for the plug :)
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