Spaghetti Made with Fresh Tomatoes

Linda Griffith


When we lived down in Dade County, Florida, my boss used to let us go into the tomato fields after he had shipped what he needed. We would load up on tomatoes. Golly were they good....Florida season is in January down there. I learned to make homemade spaghetti back then. I don't get that many tomatoes anymore but the recipe is the same. This also freezes really well. Once in a while for something different, I will make meatballs out of the ground beef...That's really good also


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8 to 10
30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 3 clove
    garlic, smashed and diced
  • 1 large
    chopped onion
  • 1 medium
    bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    sliced mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 2 lb
    tomatoes, about 6 medium
  • 2 can(s)
    tomato paste, 6 oz. each
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    beef bouillon granules or 2 cubes
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
    pepper or more if you like
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1/2 lb
    cooked and drained spaghetti
  • ·
    shredded parmesan cheese

How to Make Spaghetti Made with Fresh Tomatoes


  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef until no pink remains. Drain..Put aside..
  2. Peel and mince garlic. Add garlic, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms in hot oil until tender. Add to cooked ground beef. Peel fresh tomatoes (dunk speared tomatoes in boiling water 30 seconds. Immediately dip in cold water, pull off skin.) Core tomatoes, cut in quarters, save juice and put into pot. Add water, paste, sugar, bouillon, oregano, salt, basil, pepper and bay leaf, stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer on low for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaf. Spoon sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese
  3. This freezes well. I freeze leftovers in zip lock bags
  4. Serve with wine, a tossed salad and lots of hot garlic, Italian bread....

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About Spaghetti Made with Fresh Tomatoes

Course/Dish: Beef
Regional Style: Italian

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