zesty homemade spaghetti sauce

★★★★☆ 2 Reviews
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By Vickie Parks
from Renton, WA

I started off with my family's favorite recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce, which is very good but a bit mild for my preference. So I kept adding certain ingredients until I was satisfied, and I ended up with the recipe posted here. I have added red pepper flakes on occasion too, but that makes the sauce a bit spicy and "over the top" for my kids.

★★★★☆ 2 Reviews
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For zesty homemade spaghetti sauce

  • 1 lb
    ground italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1/2 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil (i use olive oil)
  • 2-3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 6 oz
    canned mushroom pieces (reserve the liquid)
  • 1/2 md
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 28 oz
    tomato sauce
  • 6 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1/2 c
    reserved mushroom juice (or water)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 lg
    bay leaf
  • 1 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    tobasco sauce (or to taste) - optional
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How To Make zesty homemade spaghetti sauce

  • 1
    In a medium skillet, brown the sausage (or beef) with the chopped onion until no pink remains in the sausage and the onion is transparent. Drain excess grease.
  • 2
    In the meantime, heat oil in a kettle or stock pot, and sauté the minced garlic, mushroom pieces, and green pepper in the oil until the pepper is tender. Add remaining ingredients, including enough mushroom juice or water to reach the right consistency. Cover; let sauce simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • 3
    Add the browned meat/onion mixture to the kettle. Cover and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked and drained spaghetti noodles.

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