Mom's Hearty Spaghetti Recipe
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Mom's Hearty Spaghetti Recipe

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Flavored with Italian sausage and dotted with tender meatballs, the savory from-scratch sauce made this dish one of my mom's most-requested. We five kids were always thrilled to hear it was on the menu. -Grace Yaskovic, Branchville, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links links, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. add beef and mix well. Shape into eight meatballs. Brown in a Dutch oven over medium heat; drain and set meatballs aside.
  2. In the same pan, cook sausage, onion and green pepper until vegetables are tender; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, tomato paste, garlic and seasonings. Add meatballs; stir gently. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 hours. Serve over spaghetti; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Hearty Spaghetti in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p35

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"My family loves it. As a matter of fact when I made it and I had the exhaust fan on, my neighbor was cutting his grass. He said he felt like he had to come over for some. I told him he should have, I had plenty."

Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Been making this for years. Sometimes I add more seasonings. Great!"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Yum! My go-to recipe to impress company."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"I have been making this sauce since I found it printed in my Taste of Home mag. It has excellent flavor and comes out great every time I make it!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This is my family's favorite spaghetti. I have made it several times and will continue to do so."

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