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Quick Italian Spaghetti Recipe

Quick Italian Spaghetti Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Quick Italian Spaghetti

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terrispecial User ID: 8118068 6090
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."

TessaMB User ID: 6083350 5863
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."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 4225
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..."

yardroc User ID: 5468149 2866
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"Very good!"

Trilby Yost User ID: 5195621 6872
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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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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