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Spaghetti Sauce

Chock-full of hearty meat and vegetables, this sauce freezes beautifully—so I serve some on the same day I cook it, then pack the rest in airtight containers and freeze for up to 6 months. It's convenient to have on hand when unexpected company drops in...or whenever your busy day doesn't allow much time for cooking "from scratch"!—Carol Ulliac, Atmore, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    2-1/2 quarts


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground allspice


  • In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the green pepper, celery, onion and carrots; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 3 to 4 hours to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 191 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 1028mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • junetennant
    Apr 30, 2015

    I gave it two stars for all the veggies in this but it had way too much sage and allspice. Today I am making my own standby recipe with less spices and add it to this to tone it down and so I don't have to waste anything.

  • bfrancis
    Apr 15, 2015

    Odd too many flavors

  • PattyPowell
    Jul 18, 2011

    My whole family loved this spaghetti sauce... even my picky eater! I'll make it again and again.

  • MSCOUGAR1999
    Dec 7, 2009

    This is the best spaghetti sauce I have ever tasted in my life and is very well worth the effort