Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Chock-full of hearty meat and vegetables, this sauce freezes beautifully—so I serve some on the same day I cook it, then pack the rest in airtight containers and freeze for up to 6 months. It's convenient to have on hand when unexpected company drops in...or whenever your busy day doesn't allow much time for cooking "from scratch"!—Carol Ulliac, Atmore, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 191 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 1028mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the green pepper, celery, onion and carrots; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 3 to 4 hours to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Spaghetti Sauce in Country Ground Beef 1993, p75

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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junetennant 225661
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"I gave it two stars for all the veggies in this but it had way too much sage and allspice. Today I am making my own standby recipe with less spices and add it to this to tone it down and so I don't have to waste anything."

bfrancis 224914
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"Odd too many flavors"

PattyPowell 17237
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"My whole family loved this spaghetti sauce... even my picky eater! I'll make it again and again."

MSCOUGAR1999 40880
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I have ever tasted in my life and is very well worth the effort"

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