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Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

I received this recipe from my sister-in-law and use it all the time. The addition of pepperoni and cinnamon makes it extra special. My family says it's the best spaghetti sauce ever! —Wendy Prevost, Cody, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 5 min.
  • Makes
    19 cups

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) sliced pepperoni, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours or until sauce reaches desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  • Discard bay leaves. Serve immediately. Or cool and pour into jars; cover and refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 139 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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