How to make it

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of iced water. Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel - about 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove, peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop 8 tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes and set aside.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomato, basil, and wine. Place bay leaf and whole celery stalks in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir in tomato paste and sauce and simmer an additional 2 hours.
  • Remove casings from sweet Italian sausage links. Heat 1 tbl olive oil in a separate 12-inch skillet. When the oil is hot, add sausage links and cook until deeply browned. Remove, drain, and halve each link.
  • Remove the bay leaf and celery sticks and discard.
  • Add sausages to the tomato sauce and serve over cooked spaghetti.

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  • rottman 9 years ago
    I can't speak for everyone Crabhappy, but mine are doing fine. I do have to dust them regularly, for there is blight creaping in. But dust is managing it.

    I can't say the same for my nice cherry tree in the fron yard. I'm going to lose it to blight (or similar disease common to cherry treed).

    Thanks to all for the comments. In reading back through the recipe, you can add some additional Italian herbs to this for additional flavor.

    Enjoy.
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    crabhappychick ate it and said...
    Apparently those wonderful MD tomatoes are doing better than PA. We got hit HARD by tomato blight this year....wiped out almost my whole crop. All that wet and cool weather did us in. Well, we're heading to OC in 2 weeks and will pick up LOTS of MD tomatoes on the way home!
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    chihuahua ate it and said...
    Sounds delish. A high five.

    Chichi
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    valinkenmore ate it and said...
    Great Post and I have a garden with just those tomatoes in it! Saved and bookmarked fr when it cools down a bit.
    Thanks and high 5 to you!
    Valerie
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  • rottman 9 years ago
    It is a lot of work to make this dish. But sometimes I need to take a break from what I'm doing and distract myself. This is a good recipe for accomplishing that end.

    The good thing about dishs that take time is that they are unique. You can't buy them in the local market ;-)
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    justjakesmom ate it and said...
    Sounds like a lot of work, but well worth it I'm sure! Good one Rottman! ;')
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