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Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

"After years of experimenting, my mom has perfected her hearty spaghetti sauce recipe," notes Jennifer Shaw of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "It's excellent served with a tossed salad and garlic bread." Although the recipe makes more than two servings, it freezes well.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, peppers, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Add the mushrooms; cook for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, bay leaf, sugar, salt, basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring often. Discard bay leaf. Serve sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 142 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Donut Queen User ID: 6883809 254170
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"I made this to use in baked ziti and was very pleased with the results. I didn't have red bell pepper so I just increased the amount of green. I also added 1/4 cup of finely chopped carrots. No doubt this will be my go-to spaghetti sauce."

bcarroll013 User ID: 8612280 237129
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I quadrupled this recipe, making 3 small changes..n 1 major.. substituting sweet italian sausage for gound beef...1 cup chardonnay for water (was out of favorite dry white wine..pinot grigio..), used equal parts yellow, red, n orange bell peppers (don't like green) and used my fresh basil n cuban oregano instead of dried and added 2 tbs of fresh flat leaf parsley.....WAS AWESOME!!!!! if I do say so. Made enough to freeze several batches for future use. Served over cheese stuffed ravioli n made beer bread while it was simmering."

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 160840
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"this is the recipe I use when making

sauce for 2 .very good"

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