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Spaghetti Sauce Mix

In Alverton, Pennsylvania, Betty Claycomb keeps this blend of seasonings on hand so she can stir up speedy spaghetti sauce. "It's a snap to add browned ground beef, tomato paste and water to create a mild, pleasantly flavored sauce," she says.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 cups sauce per batch


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons dried celery flakes
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste


  • Combine the first eight ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 4 batches (1 cup total).
  • To prepare spaghetti sauce: In a skillet, brown beef; drain. Stir in 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce mix, water and tomato paste. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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  • Kateriana
    Nov 27, 2012

    I left out the salt and used Splenda instead of sugar and it turned out great!!

  • vbange
    Feb 14, 2012

    I didn't make this, but here is what MasterCook has for nutrition info (including additional ingredients - for 48 servings):Per Serving: 39 Calories; 3g Fat (60.8% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 8mg Cholesterol; 207mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

  • NelsonCher819
    Nov 4, 2011

    My husband and 25 yr old son liked this recipe. I had to use celery salt in place of the celery flakes. omitted the salt. I added a small amount of regular Prego sauce also for added flavor. tasty

  • BlueSchmooNM
    May 4, 2011

    Unable to locate Celery flakes tried 1 tsp Celery salt (omitting other salt) but it was still too salty, I know the pkg brand also uses Tomato pwd.

  • S.L.F.
    Aug 23, 2010

    I would love to make this recipe, but I really need the carb. count, as my husband is diabetic. Please!!

  • ojc0806
    Dec 12, 2009

    Next time I will use two cans of tomato paste and maybe blend some fresh tomatoes. Also thinking of using dried green pepper flakes instead of the celery flakes.