Hearty Spaghetti Recipe
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Hearty Spaghetti Recipe

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Field editor Julia Livingston of Frostproof, Florida sent the recipe for this spaghetti that feeds a crowd. For easy transport, assemble pasta and sauce in an insulated carrier.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:25 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 25 servings


  • 5 pounds ground beef
  • 5 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 8 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 4 pounds uncooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 458 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1348mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In two large Dutch ovens or soup kettles, cook the beef, onions and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve with meat sauce. Yield: 25 servings (about 3/4 cup meat sauce with 3/4 cup spaghetti).
Originally published as Hearty Spaghetti in Taste of Home June/July 2005, p8

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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ChrisSinc User ID: 7584482 139883
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This is 'Restaurant Quality'. I did a couple of tweaks: added more seasonings (pepper, oregano, basil, garlic) & used 4 of each crushed & diced tomatoes."

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