This is the 1971 USDA School Spaghetti recipe, for all of you who have been looking for that perfect sauce to recreate all those school lunches from days gone by. Serve with pasta.



Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a very large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  • Stir onions and garlic powder into the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add water, both cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, and pepper. Let simmer for about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

190.7 calories; protein 16.3g 33% DV; carbohydrates 6.1g 2% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 56.8mg 19% DV; sodium 136.1mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition