Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce


This recipe was given to me as part of a wedding gift recipe collection from a very dear friend. It is rich, aromatic, flavorful and makes A LOT. So please grab the biggest pot you can find. I mean REALLY BIG. Extra sauce freezes well for future pasta dishes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
30 servings


  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound mild sausage

  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons salt (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 76 fluid ounces water

  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste


  1. Heat butter and olive oil together with onion and garlic in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir ground beef and sausage in the onion mixture until browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir Italian seasoning, salt, rosemary, oregano, and black pepper into ground beef-sausage mixture; simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Pour water, tomato puree, and tomato paste into ground beef-sausage mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, over low heat until flavors have combined, at least 2 hours.

    close up view of Spaghetti Sauce over pasta, garnished with fresh basil, served with garlic bread on a plate
    Melissa Goff

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

137 Calories
10g Fat
7g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 564mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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