I was shown this recipe by a Navy chef who served this to presidents at Camp David, MD. I have served it to my family many times, and it is certainly fit for a president. Best with a garden salad and crusty garlic bread.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 40 mins
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice the sausages lengthwise, leaving them attached along one side. Spread them out flat in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning once, until the sausages are browned and cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.

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  • Place the ground beef, olive oil, onion, and garlic in the skillet, and cook and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent and the beef is browned and crumbly. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended. Remove the bay leaf.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, drop in the pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain the pasta, and mix it into the sauce.

  • Place servings of hot pasta with sauce on oven-safe plates, place a cooked, opened sausage over each serving, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place plates in the preheated oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and begun to brown.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; protein 24.5g 49% DV; carbohydrates 47.5g 15% DV; fat 16.5g 25% DV; cholesterol 52.6mg 18% DV; sodium 985mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2009
when i looked over this recipe, i couldnt figure out why nobody had reviewed it because it sounded so good. so i decided to give it a try. i made it for my boyfriend and my family for valentines day. my family loves spaghetti and they thought this recipe was fantastic! it is one of the best sauces i have ever tried and made. i highly suggest it!!! i made afew minor changes but mainly stuck to the recipe. it is so flavorful! if you are looking for a good sauce i would try this one. changes i made: cut the sausage into tiny meatballs instead of lenghtwise added all of the juice from the whole tomotoes added extra basil and oragano to taste Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2011
tasty but not extravagantly so. Read More
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187 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 130
  • 4 star values: 45
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
when i looked over this recipe, i couldnt figure out why nobody had reviewed it because it sounded so good. so i decided to give it a try. i made it for my boyfriend and my family for valentines day. my family loves spaghetti and they thought this recipe was fantastic! it is one of the best sauces i have ever tried and made. i highly suggest it!!! i made afew minor changes but mainly stuck to the recipe. it is so flavorful! if you are looking for a good sauce i would try this one. changes i made: cut the sausage into tiny meatballs instead of lenghtwise added all of the juice from the whole tomotoes added extra basil and oragano to taste Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2009
This is the only way I ever make spaghetti. Soooo much better than making your meat sauce with ground beef. To save time I just remove the casings and break up the sausage with my wooden spoon as it cooks. Try to find a good Italian deli to buy fresh sausage. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2009
Indeed the best spaghetti I've made at home thus far (my husband's favorite spaghetti). Gave it four stars because the amount of salt was a bit too much for us so I reduced it to less than 1/4 tsp... we could probably do without added salt altogether. We've made it with and without sausage- both good. Also made it with 1 Tbsp. dried oregano vs. fresh... great that way too. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2010
This recipe got rave reviews from the family. I doubled the recipe and am so glad I did! Like others I crumbled the sausage (I used lean turkey Italian sausage links) and cooked it with the ground beef mixture. Absolutely wonderful! This will be our permanent spaghetti sauce recipe. Just as an FYI if you prepare it this way the sauce is VERY meaty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2009
Oh yeah! One of the best spaghetti sauces I've found yet. Hearty flavorful yet not an overpowering tomato base. Made as written except I did use an additional 3 links of Italian sausage. Like other reviewers I sliced the sausage into small meatballs and didn't remove the casings. Next time I'll use fresh basil and oregano but used dried since this is what I had on hand. Five minutes in the oven at 350 to melt the fresh parmesan cheese was perfect. Thanks hungryguy for this amazing recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2009
absolutely delicious i made this for a family get together and everyone was impressed should ve doubled the recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2011
Well..well..well...what can I say that hasn't already been said?? This is THE BEST spaghetti I have ever tasted or made in my entire life!! It got rave reviews from my family and neighbor. Followed the recipe to a T..I always saute my fresh mushrooms and onions in olive oil and butter before adding to a recipe I just love the flavor of the mushrooms....anyway probably added a little more garlic that called for but other than that right to the recipe. We really liked the fact that it wasn't so "tomatoey" yum it was absolutely delicious!! This will be my go to recipe from now on..the search is over! I would love to know if this "navy chef" has any more recipes...I served this with Giada D. cheddar onion bread..my god it is wonderful also. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe...I truly appreciate it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
This was extremely good. I served it to company with a green salad and some nice white bakery bread. I took the easy way out and added the sausage back into the sauce and just put Parmesan on the table for people to add on their own. As written the presentation would be much more impressive but this was simple and just as good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2011
I made a few small changes due to what I had on hand. I increased the garlic I did not add the full amount of salt (just enough for flavor) and I drained off the liquid in the tomatoes and replaced the liquid I drained off with red wine. I did not have fresh oregano so I used dried. Very nice basic spaghetti sauce that was quick to prepare. I don't think it had too much meat I think it was just right. Out of the whole skilletful there is a small bowl of leftovers--I'd say my family liked it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2011
tasty but not extravagantly so. Read More
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