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Mariu's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars
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"An authentic Italian recipe and a welcome change to the predominantly acidic tomato sauce served in the States."
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Ingredients

2 h 45 m servings 627
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. In a large skillet, warm olive oil over low heat; saute onion, garlic and celery until onion is transparent.
  2. Stir in butter and increase heat to medium; brown beef until no longer pink. Mix in sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, mint and mushrooms; lower heat and stir for about 3 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine tomato paste and broth; pour liquid and basil to pot. Simmer over very low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil with 3 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Slip spaghetti into water holding on to ends until strands soften a bit. Cook over high heat for 7 to 8 minutes only. When properly cooked, raw taste should be gone but still have a firm texture.
  5. When ready to serve, combine pasta with meat sauce; serve on a warmed platter or bowl topped with parsley and Romano cheese.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 627 calories; 27.8 65.7 28.1 72 4578 Full nutrition

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We vacationed in Italy this summer, and had meat sauce that was wonderful and very different from the typical American version; much more meaty with tomato used more as a seasoning. This recipe ...

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Not a big fan of this sauce. It tastes too beefy (due to the amount of beef broth added)...no real hearty tomato flavor to it at all. I was disappointed.

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We vacationed in Italy this summer, and had meat sauce that was wonderful and very different from the typical American version; much more meaty with tomato used more as a seasoning. This recipe ...

This sauce was terrific. I read most of the other reviews and I agree that it had more of a beefy flavor and that is what sets it apart from other spaghetti sauces. I used 2 cans of 14.5 oz be...

AWESOME!!! My family wanted spaghetti tonight, but I dreaded the regular old tomato/marinara sauce. I am pregnant and could just hear the heartburn calling my name. I saw this recipe and made ...

Loved having a beef style with no acidic tomato taste. simmering with the lid off for 2 hrs makes the sauce a perfect consistency. Family loves it

This was really good and a mild flavored sauce. Definitely not too tomatoey as some can be. My husband really liked it and asked that i make this one again. I used some dried celery and only a c...

Not a big fan of this sauce. It tastes too beefy (due to the amount of beef broth added)...no real hearty tomato flavor to it at all. I was disappointed.

I thought this was pretty good. It's very "beefy" tasting and has a sort of rustic quality to it. It doesn't sport a bold tomato flavor. I almost feel like it would greatly benefit from addin...

This recipe is definitely a main stay. I added a half a pound of Italian sausage along with the ground beef, omitted the dried mint, because I couldn't find any. Kid tested positive.

Good flavor but for me this was a bit runny. Tried reducing it down, but it didn't work. May try again but with less beef broth.