Mama Millie' s Spaghetti Sauce

Millie Johnson


This recipe was my mother's , but I have made a few changes to put my own spin on it. It is always a family favorite. Now I'm passing it on to my daughter, and I'm sure she will make her own changes to make it her own and to suit her family's taste !
It takes a while but is so worth it. I guarantee that after smelling it cook for a couple of hours or more, everyone's mouth will be watering ! It's even better the next day. The longer you cook it the better it is.


★★★★★ 5 votes

8 - 10
10 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
    ground chuck
  • 4 c
    diced tomatoes, seeded (or 2 large cans)
  • 2 c
  • 18 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1 large
    bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large
    onion, diced
  • 2 large
    bay leaves, dried
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 - 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning

How to Make Mama Millie' s Spaghetti Sauce


  1. In a large pot add tomatoes, water, diced bell pepper and onion (Mine were really big. If yours is on the small side dice 2 of each.),2 large bay leaves (or 3 small), sugar, salt, black and red pepper, minced garlic and the rest of the spices. Bring to a boil the reduce heat , cover and simmer 1 hour.
  2. Brown ground beef , drain off fat and add to sauce. Cook 30 more minutes then add tomato paste. Stir well. Cover and cook 30 more minutes , stirring every so often. Remove bay leaves then serve over your favorite pasta !

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About Mama Millie' s Spaghetti Sauce

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian

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