Crowd-Size Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Crowd-Size Spaghetti Sauce, a classic meaty main dish, come from Donna Bennet of Bramalea, Ontario. She writes,"This is the best sauce I've ever made. It's handy for a large group, but I also sometimes freeze smaller portions for quick family meals."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + simmering
MAKES:65-70 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + simmering
MAKES: 65-70 servings


  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 large onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (4-1/4 ounces each) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 61 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In several stockpots, cook the beef, onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; cover and simmer for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Yield: 65-70 servings (8 quarts).
Originally published as Crowd-Size Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2001, p50

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Briadona User ID: 5500759 253871
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Hello did the folks who made this simmer for the total 4 hours? Thank you."

BBagins User ID: 6075631 55498
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"This spaghetti sauce is delicious! I fed a group of about 50 last night and everybody loved it! I felt like the servings were kind of skimpy though with very little left for seconds. 65-70 servings is a bit of a stretch."

chinabus5 User ID: 3396322 31231
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I have ever made. My family has grown over the yrs. and I'm always looking for recipes that will feed everyone. This one is fabulous!!"

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