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Crowd-Size Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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 YIELD:65-70 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.