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Spaghetti for 100

Spaghetti for 100 comes from Marilyn Monroe of Lansing, Michigan. "A club I belong to used this main dish for a fund-raising dinner," she reports. "One man came 50 miles because he'd had the dinner the year before and liked it so much. We sent him home with an extra container of sauce."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    100 servings (about 50 cups sauce)


  • 6 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 16 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 cans (29 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 4 cans (18 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons each Italian seasoning, dried basil and oregano
  • 13 pounds spaghetti, cooked and drained


  • In a large stock pot, brown beef, onion and garlic; drain. Add tomato sauce and paste, salt, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over spaghetti.

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  • Vwest5
    Apr 29, 2016

    So, I don't normally cook for a huge crowd and we decided to do a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for band...I came across this recipe and tripled it so it would feed 300. Voila! It was great! We had plenty of sauce for a 4 oz ladle which was awesome and it was a thick and meaty sauce. I didn't have one single complaint on the taste of the sauce and I was able to purchase everything for 300 including a salad with toppings for under 250.00. It was an awesome fundraiser. What was left over went to a women's shelter. We will definitely use this recipe again. I followed the recipe to the letter and wouldn't change anything.

  • annecooks
    Aug 24, 2015

    This sauce recipe has replaced my expensive recipe I'd made forever. It's the only sauce I'll ever use. I make up two batches of the sauce and freeze it in pint jars. Each time I make it friends and family come running to get a jar of it. We've used the sauce to dip crusty bread, pizza, every kind of pasta, and for sandwiches. Great stuff!

  • daytona88
    Apr 7, 2014

    Next time I want add but half the salt. It was too salty.

  • Jldennis33
    Jan 27, 2014

    I just used this recipe to serve over 100 at my daughter's 16 bday party. The food was fantastic and many of the quests complimented the meal. Thank you so much, having your instructions made the shopping simple and kept us organized. The party was a smashing success!!

  • mom-gram
    Apr 29, 2013

    We made this recipe for a benefit dinner at our church and received rave reviews. It was easy to make and inexpensive to prepare. Have a couple of Italians in our group and they said it was very good so I highly recommend this recipe. We will be using this one again. Connie Kappel

  • deerpiks
    Nov 12, 2011

    I made this spaghetti for a fundraiser dinner but used half the salt and half the garlic. We received huge compliments from many of our patrons.

  • LizCav
    Sep 26, 2010

    Not only would I use this recipe for another spaghetti dinner fundraiser, but I think I will use it for my own family recipe as well. Very flavorful, fairly inexpensive, and extremely easy. Just make sure you have a REALLY big pot to cook all the noodles, and make sure you use plenty of water when you cook the noodles or they will taste starchy and feel gummy.