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Thick 'n' Hearty Pasta Sauce

 Thick 'n' Hearty Pasta Sauce
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
6 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
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