Leslie's Thick & Chunky Spaghetti Sauce



When I first got married, I had never made spaghetti because my family didn't eat it. My husband made some sauce & had to leave, and told me to watch it. OK, so I went in & looked at it every once in awhile.
He came home a couple hours later to a solid mass of sauce in the pan! He said "i asked you to watch it. Didn't you stir it? I said no, you told me to watch it! Lol! I still hear about that one to this day!
Well over the years I learned how to make sauce & this is my version of what he taught me. (And he likes it better!) Hope you enjoy!
We usually get 3 meals out of one batch of sauce.

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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


green bell pepper
red bell pepper
1 large
1 lb
hot italian sausage or hamburge
8 oz
sliced mushrooms. or more
2 can(s)
tomato sauce(hunts)15 oz
1 can(s)
tomato paste(hunts)12 oz
1 can(s)
tomato paste(hunts) small
1 can(s)
petite diced tomatoes
2 tsp
minced garlic
1-2 Tbsp
italian seasoning
1 tsp
seasoning salt
1/2 tsp
black pepper
garlic salt, to taste

How to Make Leslie's Thick & Chunky Spaghetti Sauce


  • 1Dice onions & peppers to your liking.( We like medium)
    Brown sausage or ground beef with peppers & onions over med high heat.(Peppers will still be crunchy) Drain if desired.( I ususally drain beef, & partially drain sausage.) Reduce to medium.
  • 2Add all tomato sauce, then paste, stirring to blend.Add diced tomatoes.
  • 3Add all seasonings& mushrooms. Cover. Allow to cook for 5-10 min. Stirring to avoid sticking.Reduce to med low. Stir occasionally. Taste. Add garlic salt if needed.
    Serve over pasta of your choice.
  • 4This sauce can be eaten after 30 min., but tastes better if cooked longer. I make this in the morining before work, put the whole pot in fridge, Then pop it back on the stove when I get home to reheat slowly. Something about the sauce getting cold & reheating just makes it taste even better.
  • 5I also use this sauce for baked ziti, chicken parmesean, manicotti & lasangna.
  • 6Used this sauce from freezer to make Tammy Todd's skillet lasangna! So easy & so good!

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About Leslie's Thick & Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy