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mom's spaghetti sauce

(36 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Brandi Kirkpatrick
Burley, ID

This recipe was a staple growing up in a family of eight, six of which were male! To this day it is the most requested and desired meal when the family is all together. My mom has even gotten to the point where she freezes it for when the boys come home on holidays so they can take a small tub home. I don't believe there has ever been a time that this was made that mom wasn't always getting after us to stay out of the sauce before dinner! Note: We lost mom 9/30/18 after a long battle (4 years) with Pancreatic Cancer.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

What a fantastic homemade spaghetti sauce. It's full of Italian herbs and is slightly spicy. Filled with meat and chunks of Italian sausage, we loved how hearty this sauce was. While this simmers, the smell is amazing. If you are sensitive to spice, you can always double the regular sausage and omit the spicy sausage. The whole recipe can be adjusted to suit your preference. Too thick? Add a little water to thin the tomato sauce. This makes a huge pot of sauce. So, if you aren't serving a crowd, there will be plenty leftover to freeze.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(36 ratings)
yield 8 (plus leftovers)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mom's spaghetti sauce

  • 1-1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 2 md
    onions, finely chopped
  • 1 can
    tomato paste (12 oz)
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (29 oz)
  • 1 qt
    stewed tomatoes (my mom uses dad's from his garden) OR 3 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes (break them up with a spoon while simmering)
  • 1/2 pkg
    (3) regular italian sausage
  • 1/2 pkg
    (3) hot Italian sausage
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    fennel seed
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp

How To Make mom's spaghetti sauce

  • Browning beef and onions in a skillet.
    In a skillet, brown beef and onions.
  • Slicing broiled sausage.
    Broil sausage for 3 minutes on each side. Drain sausage on a paper towel, slice.
  • Sauce ingredients added to a pot.
    In a large pot/Crock Pot add all the ingredients.
  • Ingredients stirred together.
    Stir and make sure it's combined well. Simmer for at least an hour.
  • Tomato sauce simmering on the stove.
    While simmering make sure you stir from the bottom occassionally.