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


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!

About this Recipe

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