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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

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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. 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."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"This is wonderful! the meatballs just melt in you mouth....wasn't crazy about the italian sausage (not my favorite) but i would make more meatballs with the sauce instead... great recipe!!!!"

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