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Mom's Hearty Spaghetti

 Mom's Hearty Spaghetti
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
8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours


  • 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


  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. add beef and mix well.

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Mom's Hearty Spaghetti (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Shape into eight meatballs. Brown in a Dutch oven over medium heat;
  • drain and set meatballs aside.
  • 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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.