This sauce is great alone, or add more spices and some beans (etc.) for chili, the options are endless!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 30 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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  • In a large stock pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef, pork and onion. Drain fat, and return to the heat.

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  • Stir in the garlic, green and red pepper, mushrooms, and tomato sauce. Stir in basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes. Salt and pepper to taste.

  • Bring sauce to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for at least one hour; preferably all day.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 27.6g 55% DV; carbohydrates 29.1g 9% DV; fat 16.3g 25% DV; cholesterol 74mg 25% DV; sodium 2259.4mg 90% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2006
Gonna be generous and go with 5 stars. Ok here we go: first of all the taste is great. I have some comments why does the recipe state to divide the onions and garlic? I can't see what you do with them later that would require dividing them. Also I like to have diced tomatoes in my sauce (personal preference) so I wish that this was different. I think that a large onion should be specified. I think the red pepper flakes were maybe a bit much for this sauce. Overall though great recipe and yes very versatile! Easily customizable to suit the individual; spices can be tweaked. This recipe has been out there since 2002 and only 2 reviews..... why??? Great recipe that needs to get more exposure. Read More
(18)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2006
Gonna be generous and go with 5 stars. Ok here we go: first of all the taste is great. I have some comments why does the recipe state to divide the onions and garlic? I can't see what you do with them later that would require dividing them. Also I like to have diced tomatoes in my sauce (personal preference) so I wish that this was different. I think that a large onion should be specified. I think the red pepper flakes were maybe a bit much for this sauce. Overall though great recipe and yes very versatile! Easily customizable to suit the individual; spices can be tweaked. This recipe has been out there since 2002 and only 2 reviews..... why??? Great recipe that needs to get more exposure. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2007
I have used this a number of times over the years. Depending upon what I use it for I tweak it. For spaghetti I add 1/2 lb of Italian sausage and 1 cup red wine nixing the red pepper flakes. For sloppy joes I make it a bit soupier not cooking it down so much. For chili I add back in the pepper flakes and add toasted chilis and chili powder. It uses are as limitless as your imagination. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
Love this sauce it is so easy! I used it for spaghetti but I cut down on the tomato sauce to 1 29 oz. can. I like my sauces more thick. The amount was perfect for one pound of pasta. I did use 1 tablespoon of crused red pepper flakes and will cut that amount back to 1 tsp next time. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
I cut the recipe in half and add less red pepper flakes and it makes the BEST spaghetti sauce I've ever had. Plus I still have enough to freeze for another meal. Yummy! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
Tastes just like spaghetti sauce should. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
i found it to be versitile and i could freeze any leftovers for another day. i have made sloppy joes with this one and it is quickly becoming a family favourite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I have used this sauce a lot for spaghetti sloppy joes you name it. I love it!!! Thanks for posting it! Cara Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2012
Very good. Loved this sauce. I added a pinch of sugar to combat the acid and used ground sweet Italian sausage but other then that I changed nothing. Yummy good. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2016
Great as written and the perfect base to add favorite ingredients. I was pleased with the flavor also with red wine one small celery rib and sweet italian sausage. I did divide the onion and garlic. Used half while browning the meat and half added to simmering sauce. Read More
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