I've been making this sauce for years (given to me by my friend Mike) and it's become a family favorite. Here's the nitty gritty on how to ditch the jarred sauce, and create a masterpiece at home.
1 package fresh mushrooms
1 Small onion chopped
1# Ground Beef
1 Pkg Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage
1 Large Can Diced or Stewed Tomatoes
1 Small Can Tomatoe Paste
1 Envelope Onion Soup Mix
1 Tbls Brown Sugar
1/2 cup red wine
A dash of vinegar
1 Tbls Oregano
1 Tbls Sweet Basil
Minced Garlic or Garlic Powder to taste
Beef Stock if needed to liquify
Brown the ground beef, onions & mushrooms & drain grease. Add tomatoes, paste & all other ingredients. Let simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours. While simmering, cook the sweet Italian sausage in a separate pan, slice into 1 inch pieces & add to sauce.
Since my children like their sauce to look more like sauce, I run the tomatoes, paste, garlic, vinegar, through a food processor. It looks more "familiar" to them, but doesn't change the flavor.
Remember, the sauce will taste better the next day.