Italian Meat Sauce

Ingredients:
6 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cloves garlic
1 red onion
1 tsp chili pepper flakes
1 lb good quality ground beef
1 lb Italian pork sausage, casings removed (I used the sweet kind since there was already a kick from the chili pepper)
2 cups red wine
1 lb. can whole, peeled tomatoes
1-2 whole basil leaves per serving (approximately 6-12 leaves)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Chop onion into small diced pieces and mince garlic

2. Place olive oil in pan and heat up. Place the onion, garlic and chili flakes into the heated oil and continue cooking until caramelized.

3. Place the pork sausage and ground beef into pan. Mash with a fork until all pieces are broken down, and meat is cooked through. DO NOT DRAIN!!  I know.. weird, but don't do it. 

4. Add the 2 cups wine (plus another little drizzle if you like the taste ;) ), and allow to reduce by half - about 10-15 minutes depending on how high your heat works. 

5. Drain juice of tomatoes into the pan and crush the whole tomatoes with your hand, creating pieces of smaller tomatoes. You can use a fork to make any a little smaller if they are still too big. Place basil in pot. Allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Serve with fresh, warm, homemade pasta!