Thick 'n' Hearty Pasta Sauce Recipe

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No one can believe this starts with prepared spaghetti sauce. Ground beef, pepperoni, mushrooms and onion easily add a homey, delicious flavor.—Jan Boehringer, Bradford, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 25 slices pepperoni (about 1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, chopped, optional
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, pepperoni and onion if desired. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until thickened. Serve over pasta. Yield: 5 cups.
Thick 'n' Hearty Pasta Sauce can also be made with 1/2 pound Italian sausage instead of the pepperoni. Brown it along with the beer.
Originally published as Thick N Hearty Pasta Sauce in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p310

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