Try my family recipe that’s the perfect mash-up of Italy and Texas!
The sauce infuses an Italian red sauce with the tongue-tingling taste of Texas, compliments of our friend – the jalapeño. Bold and spicy, the sauce is a favorite, so it won’t last long. Put some in a Mason jar and share it with your new best friend for life. Make their tummy smile!
1 Pound | Ground Chili Beef
1 Pound | Ground Hot Italian Sausage
3 Tablespoons | Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Palm Full | Fennel Seed
8 – 12 Cloves | Minced Garlic
2 | Seeded and Chopped Fresno Chili Peppers or Red Bell Peppers or Italian Cherry Chili Peppers
2 Medium | Chopped White Onions
4 – 5 Medium | Chopped Jalapeños
1 Cup | Dry White Wine
4 Cans (28 Ounce Size) | San Marzano Style Tomatoes
To Taste | Gray Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
8 – 12 Sprigs | Finely Chopped Marjoram
¾ Cup | Finely Chopped Parsley
12 Leaves | Chopped Basil Leaves
Garnish | Parsley, Basil, Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Garnish | Garlic Texas Toast ~ This. Is. TEXAS!
What To Do:
1. Brown the meats together over a medium-high heat. Drain and put into an 8 quart stock pot.
2. In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat.
3. Add the fennel seed, garlic, chili pepper, onion and jalapeño and sauté for 5 minutes.
4. Transfer the vegetable mixture into the stock pot.
5. Add the wine and tomatoes, breaking up the tomatoes with a spoon.
6. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, marjoram, parsley and the basil.
7. Bring to a bubble, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and reduce the sauce for 30-45 minutes before serving.
- Fresno Chili Peppers may be a little hard to find at your local market. No worries! You can substitute them with Red Bell Peppers or Italian Cherry Chili Peppers.
- Serve atop your favorite pasta, pizza, meatball, crostini or eggplant.
- You can use this sauce as your secret ingredient in a mouth-watering, memorable lasagna.
- You can omit the meat for a tasty meatless sauce … it’s just as flavorful!
This recipe will generously serve an Italian-sized family of up to 12, depending on how it’s served and how loose their clothing is. :)
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
❤ This recipe was featured on our special 2014 Valentine’s Day Menu Board. Learn more!