Very Special Spaghetti Sauce


This is very meaty and not near as acid as most sauces. It's really worth the time. It makes a very large batch, so I often freeze half.

spaghetti with sauce on plate
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • ¾ cup olive oil

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 pounds ground chuck

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups dry red wine

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • 4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute garlic until golden brown. Stir in ground beef, onions and green pepper. Cook until beef is evenly brown, and onions are tender. Stir in flour until smooth. Stir in red wine, tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and sugar. Season with salt, cayenne pepper, celery salt, oregano and basil. Simmer for 3 hours. Stir in mushrooms at the end of cooking period.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

508 Calories
35g Fat
21g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 508
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 847mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 28mg 141%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1141mg 24%

* 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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