Bachelor's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Bachelor's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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My husband, Eric, perfected this sauce when he was still single. He shared the recipe with me after we got married. Now everyone in the family loves it, no matter what their marital status is!—Rhandi Tyssen, Calgary, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried marjoram, thyme and rosemary, crushed
  • Dash pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 130 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 522mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, mushrooms, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, soy sauce and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaves. Serve over spaghetti. Yield: 7 cups.
Buy a pair of tweezers and keep it in your kitchen drawer. Use it to easily remove bay leaves from sauces and soups.
Originally published as Bachelor's Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p308

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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josfitz User ID: 5930873 76358
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"<p>I prepared this recipe exactly as written except that I substituted 2 28 oz. cans of San Marzano tomatoes for the paste, eliminated the 1 cup of water and provided a bowl of parmesan cheese for sprinkling. This is one terrific recipe.</p>"

kaskela1 User ID: 1536846 83272
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"Its great ..."

nicoli06 User ID: 3262201 27935
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"It is a really good sauce though I added some lemon juice and quite a few more spices, but overall very satisfying."

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