Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce


This is a recipe my grandma made for years and she never wrote it down until I was learning how to make it. It is a sweet meat sauce. I love it and just wanted to share it with everyone else. Let me know what you think. This recipe makes a lot of sauce. I usually put 4 cups in a resealable plastic bag and freeze for later use.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef, or more to taste

  • 1 large onion, chopped, or more to taste

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce, or more to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato puree, or more to taste

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt

  • 1 tablespoon onion salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in a large pot until beef is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  2. Pour tomato sauce and tomato paste into the pot; season with pepper. Stir in tomato puree and ketchup. Add brown sugar, mustard, celery salt, onion salt, and garlic salt, stirring after each addition.

  3. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until flavors combine, 30 to 45 minutes. Sprinkle in Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Cook's Note:

You can add more sauce later, if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
19g Fat
35g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 2297mg 100%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1033mg 22%

* 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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