Print Options

Back to Thick 'n' Hearty Pasta Sauce >

Include these items:

Taste of Home Logo

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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.