Tired of the same old boring spaghetti sauce recipes? I invented this one to satisfy my craving for a meaty, flavorful sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta, topped with grated Parmesan cheese. Freeze the leftovers for a quick dinner another night!

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large stockpot cook the ground beef, sausage, pepperoni, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain into a large colander to drain grease.

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  • To the large saucepot, add the mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon cubes, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, black pepper, sugar, and beef broth and stir well. Pour the meat mixture into the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

102.1 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 6.3g 2% DV; fat 6g 9% DV; cholesterol 18.5mg 6% DV; sodium 514.5mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2005
THE BEST! I was making meatballs so I made this sauce without the meats. I basically followed the recipe; only changes I made were to add additional 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (as garlic lover) add additional 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce (sauce was too thick) add 1 (28 oz) can of pureed tomatoes (sauce was too thick) add additional teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (for extra heat) add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce (for flavor and deep color) replace honey for the sugar and add additional 1 tablespoon of honey (for little bit of sweetness). My husband and 8 other guests raved! Easy simple and delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2007
This is exactly what it says it is a very meat-tasting sauce. Do NOT expect a traditional/strong or fresh tomato flavor from this recipe. I should have known from the three bouillion and beef broth but I never made spaghetti sauce before so now I know. I love the simplicity of this recipe but I would leave out the bouillion and the beef broth because I prefer spaghetti sauce with a strong/fresh tomato taste. I love that it's a thick sauce so I think it's a good recipe just not enough tomato flavor for me. I left out the pepperoni when I made this and also used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. Thanks for sharing this recipe.:) Read More
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  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2007
This is exactly what it says it is a very meat-tasting sauce. Do NOT expect a traditional/strong or fresh tomato flavor from this recipe. I should have known from the three bouillion and beef broth but I never made spaghetti sauce before so now I know. I love the simplicity of this recipe but I would leave out the bouillion and the beef broth because I prefer spaghetti sauce with a strong/fresh tomato taste. I love that it's a thick sauce so I think it's a good recipe just not enough tomato flavor for me. I left out the pepperoni when I made this and also used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. Thanks for sharing this recipe.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2005
THE BEST! I was making meatballs so I made this sauce without the meats. I basically followed the recipe; only changes I made were to add additional 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (as garlic lover) add additional 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce (sauce was too thick) add 1 (28 oz) can of pureed tomatoes (sauce was too thick) add additional teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (for extra heat) add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce (for flavor and deep color) replace honey for the sugar and add additional 1 tablespoon of honey (for little bit of sweetness). My husband and 8 other guests raved! Easy simple and delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2008
This definitely gets 5 stars! This is my new meat sauce recipe from now on. I do make some changes: I use italian turkey sausage instead of pork, I omit pepperoni, I use a pack of fresh mushrooms, 1 whole green bell pepper, 1 whole red bell pepper, add a small can of extra tomato sauce, and definitely more garlic. I freeze most of a batch and have super-quick dinners when I need it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a great sauce. So meaty! I used fresh tomatoes from the garden omitted the mushrooms added an extra TBS. of sugar and added 1c. grated zucchini. Oh it is GOOD! It does make a lot. I was able to freeze 3 quart bags of sauce after we ate dinner. The kids love it too!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2007
Turn this into a yummy chili: Add a 1/4 cup of chili powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper an 8 oz. bag of cheddar cheese and 3 tablespoons of hot sauce and you've got a great chili here. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2006
I tried this recipe and was pleasantly surprised. After mixing all of the ingredients, before simmering, the taste was good but not great. 2 hours of cooking dramatically improves this result so don't shortcut yourself. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2007
This really is a great sauce it was my first attempt at doing it homemade vs. the jar. It wasn't as tomato-ey as I hoped so I didn't find it to be an outstanding sauce for spaghetti but I froze leftovers and it made an awesome lasagna (my family raved). I am happy with most of the ingredients but here are some alterations for my tastes. I will only use 1 bay leaf and 1 beef bouillon cube next time as well as use 3 cans of tomato sauce 1 can of puree use red wine in place of beef broth. I doubled the herbs and garlic because I like a lot of flavor. After reading another review I may also try adding some soy sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2006
This is the best spaghetti sauce I've ever had! This is a keeper, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2006
This was pretty good and certainly quite different from my 'stand by' recipe. The only thing I changed was I used brown sugar instead of white. This recipe is worth the effort. Read More
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