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my mom's spaghetti sauce

Recipe by
Carol Davis
Silver City, NM

This is my Mom's recipe that has changed very little over the years. We never used precise measurements - a hand full of this, a pinch of that - so it's never exactly the same way twice.

yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For my mom's spaghetti sauce

  • 1 lb
    good quality hamburger
  • 1 c
    chopped onion (1 onion)
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 28 oz
    can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 can
    (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1
    handfull dried oregano
  • 1
    handfull dried parsley
  • 1/2
    handfull dried basil
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 pinch
    dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    dry red wine (beer is good too)
  • 1 can
    tomato paste (the smallest size can)
  • pasta of your choice, we like angel hair
  • parmesan cheese as garnish

How To Make my mom's spaghetti sauce

  • 1
    In a Dutch oven, oven medium heat cook hamburger, onion, and garlic, until meat is brown and onion is transparent. Drain fat.
  • 2
    Add cans of tomatoes and sauce. Stir in oregano, parsley, basil, bay leaf, thyme, sugar and wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  • 3
    In the last hour add the tomato paste, it will act as a thickener. When it's boiled down serve over warm pasta. Garnish with parmesan, and pass the garlic bread.

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