Mel's Loaded Spaghetti Sauce

Mel's Loaded Spaghetti Sauce

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Melanie Irwin


This recipe makes enough sauce to feed a family of 3-4 3 meals! I have used it to make manicotti, spaghetti, ravioli, pizza (large or personal pizzas made with frozen country style biscuits) and french bread pizzas. My boys LOVE it when they know it's on the menu!


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  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 lb
    italian sausage (mild or sweet-i prefer the sweet)
  • 3/4 c
    green bell pepper
  • 3/4 c
    red bell pepper
  • 1 medium
    onions, vidalia, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small
    bay leaves
  • 1 c
    mushrooms, fresh and sliced
  • 3 can(s)
    tomatoes, canned italian-style and diced(do not drain)
  • 1 large
    can tomato paste
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    basil (can be adjusted to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian seasonings
  • 2 clove
  • 2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder (secret #1)
  • 1 tsp
    cumin (secret #2)
  • 1 can(s)
    or frozen spinach (drained)

How to Make Mel's Loaded Spaghetti Sauce


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of EVOO in 5 qt skillet & saute grated garlic cloves. Crumble beef and sausage together and brown. Add onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms and allow to saute with meat for appx 25 minutes. Then add seasonings. (filet of anchovie can be substituted for salt, just saute with garlic in EVOO!)
  2. Add tomato paste and blend into mixture (hint:I use the hottest water from my faucet to get last dregs from can and add to mixture to help with blending). Then add 3 cans of diced tomatoes (using water to rinse cans of dregs and add to sauce-2 1/2 cans of water). Drain and add spinach.
  3. Allow to simmer, just below medium (depending on your stove), for 1 hour.

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About Mel's Loaded Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef Pasta Other Sauces Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy

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