Italian Meat Sauce - for Spaghetti or any Italian Red Sauce Dish

1/2 lb. Italian Sausage [or, I really like Turkey sausage too--the taste is VERY similar to Italian Sausage, but less fat]
1 medium onion chopped, or 2 TB dried, minced onion
1 tsp garlic powder or 3 cloves, minced
1 15oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes
1 28oz can tomato sauce, or crushed with puree
2 TB oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp Marjoram
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt

*If using Italian sausage, peel casing from sausage before cooking*, then cook in medium sauce pan until browned. Chop with spoon while cooking so it forms small bite sized chunks.

**I cook sausage in about 2 cups of water and mush it by hand in the water before cooking so it breaks up into fine pieces instead of chunks. then drain when done to remove a large portion of the fat**

Remove meat, set aside in bowl lined with paper towels to drain. Pour out fat from pan.

Add all ingredients in together and simmer, covered, over med-low [ #2 or #3 on my dial] heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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