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.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
40 mins
50 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook and stir ground beef and onion in a large pot until beef is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • 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.

  • 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

397 calories; protein 23.3g 47% DV; carbohydrates 35.1g 11% DV; fat 19.1g 29% DV; cholesterol 72.6mg 24% DV; sodium 2296.6mg 92% DV. Full Nutrition

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I thought this was pretty good - I always like trying new sauces and this was a change from the usual. You will get 12 servings (at 3/4 cup per serving) or 9 (1 cup) servings. I track my food so I had to portion this out which is how I got these amounts. Secondly this really is quite sweet. I halved the brown sugar (only change I made) and it was still plenty sweet for me so you might want to start with a smaller amount. I served this over zucchini noodles. The mustard and celery salt really add some depth of flavor. Thanks for sharing grandma's recipe! Read More