SMOKED SAUSAGE AND BACON MARINARA
(Recipe by Sister Bates in SC, minor changes by Me)
½ lb. bacon; diced
1 pkg. smoked sausage; sliced
½ large white onion; minced
3 cloves garlic; minced
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 15 oz. can Italian diced tomatoes
1 T. dried basil (or ½ C. fresh basil; chopped)
1 t. oregano
1 T. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon. When the bacon is about half way cooked, add the smoked sausage, onion and garlic. Cook until the bacon is cooked fully and the smoked sausage is browned.
2. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, vinegar and salt & pepper. Stir to combine.
3. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer, cover and allow to cook for about 15-30 minutes so all the flavors come together.
4. Serve over pasta or rice.
5. Serves 4 to 6.