Maw's Spaghetti

jan c


My grandma made this for us when we were growing up, and I've yet to find a homemade spaghetti sauce I like better. It is best after the flavors meld overnight.

★★★★☆ 6 votes
45 Min
45 Min
Stove Top

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We added the optional eggplant.., and absolutely loved it! The seasoning in this recipe is perfection.


1/4-1/2 c
salt pork i do the 1/2 c
1 1/2 lb
ground beef- turkey- mix w/ itallian sausage. etc. your choice
1/2-1 medium
onion chopped
2 clove
fresh garlic
12 oz can(s)
tomato paste
2 can(s)
1 Tbsp
itallian seasoning
1 Tbsp
basil, dried
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried
1-2 Tbsp
white karo syrup to taste
1 pkg
sliced mushrooms fresh are better
1/2 medium
eggplant sliced and quartered. you can leave this out.
1 Tbsp

How to Make Maw's Spaghetti


  • 1Render out salt pork until well done. Remove from pan and set aside. Don't eat them all cause you will be tempted. Render=(( to try out oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.))
  • 2Add to hot skillet- 1/2 to 1 large chopped 0nion and 2 cloves of minced garlic until just translucent.
  • 3Add ground beef and cook just until the pink is gone. Strain grease. Return meat to pan and add the Karo Syrup, In the meantime.....
  • 4Add the Large can of tomato paste and fill can 2x with water. Heat until well dissolved. Add the oregano, basil, parsley, and Italian seasoning. I like a lot of flavor so I add a large heaping TBSP of each.
  • 5Add the beef mixture back into pan and simmer 30-40 minutes.
  • 610-15 minutes before done, add the eggplant and fresh mushrooms. Stir in and do not overcook. Right before turning off, add the salt pork. Serve immediately. Yum..

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About Maw's Spaghetti

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian