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family night's best spaghetti

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Hillary Bergeron
Lafayette, LA

This spaghetti has gone over tremendously well at dinner parties and quiet dinners at home with the family! Very versatile and something one can enjoy making very much, it is a combination of the best of spaghetti recipes I've loved from various sources, and a few additions from your's truly.

(1 rating)
yield 7 -11
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For family night's best spaghetti

  • 1-2 lb
    spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1 lb
    italian sausage, mild, no casings
  • 2-3
    baby bella mushrooms or portabella, chopped (optional)
  • 1
    small onion, practically minced
  • 5 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 28oz can
    diced tomatoes (i use hunts)
  • 1 12oz can
    tomato paste (again, i use hunts)
  • 2 15oz can
    tomato sauce (hunts. feel free to use which brand you prefer on any of these)
  • 1 c
    water, from rinsing the cans
  • 3 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 2 tsp
    parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/3 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tsp
    fresh coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 c
    red wine cabernet (i use whatever's in my price range at the time)
  • shredded parmesan cheese

How To Make family night's best spaghetti

  • 1
    In large pot, brown onions in splash of vegetable oil (brown but not burnt), then add both meats. Stir and break apart until brown. Drain out most of the grease.
  • 2
    Add garlic, mushrooms, all seasonings, all the cans of tomato products, and 1 cup of water, rinsed through the cans.
  • 3
    Stir well, bring to slight boil.
  • 4
    Add wine, then simmer and stir frequently for at least one hour. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes. (Stirring is very important)
  • 5
    Cook spaghetti in seperate pot using the instructions on the package. Make sure to salt the water, unsalted noodles are flavorless noodles. I drain the noodles without rinsing them, because you get to keep all the starchy goodness that way.
  • 6
    Serve, topped with parmesan. The parmesan is the kicker, gives it a perfectly rounded flavor.