Spaghetti Sauce – Family Recipe

I love meaty spaghetti sauce.  For me it’s the ultimate in comfort food. Here is a recipe that my mom taught me…and my father’s mother taught her. Each generation added something to it. Mom added sausage, I added pepperoni. Good stuff. Here is what you need:


– 1 lb ground hamburger
– 1b ground sausage
– 60z package of pepperoni slices
– 1 small can mushrooms
– 6oz can of tomato paste
– 8oz can of tomato sauce- 24oz can of pasta sauce
– 1 tsp oregano
– 1 tsp fennel seed
– 1 tsp thyme
– 1 tsp basil
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– pinch of sugar
– olive oil
– pkg of spaghetti or whatever noodles you prefer.


In a large sauce pot, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Heat then add the chopped onions. When the onions are translucent add the oregano, fennel seed, thyme and basil. Let that cook for a couple of minutes then add the garlic. Let the garlic cook for no more than 30 seconds then add the sausage. Cook the sausage thru and crumble. Then add the hamburger meat, crumble while it’s cooking. Once the hamburger is done cooking, add the tomato paste and incorporate it well with the sausage and hamburger. Allow that to cook about 5 minutes, don’t let it burn or get stuck on the bottom. Then add the tomato sauce, pasta sauce, mushrooms and pepperoni. Finally, add the sugar. The reason for the sugar is not to make it taste sweet but to counteract the acidic taste the tomato sauces get from the can. While you can use a metal or plastic spatula on the meat to crumble it, it’s important that you use a wooden spoon when stirring the tomato sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for at least an hour stirring every so often to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Cook your preferred pasta per packaging instructions and serve.


Spaghetti Sauce – Family Recipe

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