Quick Italian Spaghetti Recipe
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Quick Italian Spaghetti Recipe

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Quick Italian Spaghetti has been a standby for Ruth Peterson of Jenison, Michigan for some 40 years now. "I can make it in a jiffy, and there's no other spaghetti recipe my husband's even interested in trying!" Ruth says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Bacon bits, optional

Nutritional Facts

158 calories: 1 cup, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 738mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add olives; simmer 5 minutes longer. Spoon over spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese and bacon bits if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Quick Italian Spaghetti in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p15

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"I found this spaghetti sauce recipe years ago and enjoyed making it for my 3 daughters! They loved it! Found it again today and will be making it tonight. Going to add some garlic and oregano with it."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"I made the sauce and it was okay. Very basic and a bit unusual but I was missing my garlic. So then I went and changed it all together. I added fresh basil, fresh tarragon, garlic, and a little bit of red wine vinegar."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Very good and a bit different than the usual tomato sauces... I made this a while back and am looking forward to making it again tonight along with a recipe for linguine with spicy garlic oil that I found in another magazine..."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"Very good!"

Trilby Yost
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"I wanted to try a spaghetti sauce that was a bit different. I ran across this one that sounded good. Well, it was more than good; the black olives did the trick, I think. My husband says to make it again the next time we have spaghetti."

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