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Rick’s Sauce Secret

Keep in mind I am writing this post while we are traveling North
on I-75 heading home from our vacation!
Don’t worry…Rick is driving :)
Pretty amazing what we can do in a car these days!
You can even cook tomato sauce.Record temps where we are (104), but we still love our sauce
no matter how hot it is outside and yes you can do this in a
crock pot.

I took these pictures the week before we left…

Your thinking why the heck did she take a picture of tomato juice?
That’s the secret guys.
This is the best sauce I have ever had and yes it comes from an Italian.
Not only is Rick Italian, but the woman who was kind enough to share her recipe with us years ago is Italian as well.Rick has adjusted the recipe a bit over the years and everyone we share it with loves it.

I am usually the one making the sauce now and it has become a staple in our house because it’s healthy and easy.

It’s a thin sauce w/ lots of tang.

1 large onion diced
1 full head of garlic peeled and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large can tomato juice (not V8)
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup water to rinse out can
1 and 1/2 cups red wine (save some for later)
fresh basil (I use lots -note picture above)
dried oregano & parsley (as much as you like)
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sugar
1 lb. any pork (I use lean country ribs or loin chops)
salt & pepper to your taste*sometimes I add thin sliced fresh mushrooms or green onion
I usually use my big blue stock pot (you can also use a crock pot) and double the recipe so I can share with family & friends.  Keep in mind you can use this sauce on pasta, pizza, or just eat it with crusty bread  .I should also mention that I make chicken meatballs from ground chicken and pop them in there too.
Directions: (remember this is a thin sauce)Chop onion and garlic up fine and put in pan with olive oil and sauté until translucent.  Add remaining ingredients.  (that was hard!) Simmer all day or for an hour depending on your schedule.  The pork will fall apart the longer you cook it.  You may have to add more water if it condenses too much which is totally fine because this sauce has lots of flavor. You can adjust all of it to suit your family.  The main idea here is that tomato juice has great flavor!!  
This sauce freezes well, so make a bunch.
I am really craving it now…too bad the only restaurants in sight are Subway and Cracker Barrel!

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