This recipe is one my mom used to make and everyone always loved it! It is quick and simple and very delicious! I've found it easy to mash the beef with a potato masher.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook the beef, garlic, and onion in a large pot over medium-high heat until the beef has browned; stirring often to break up the meat. Stir in the sauce mix, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 30 minutes, adding water to thin if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 17.5g 35% DV; carbohydrates 15.2g 5% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 52.7mg 18% DV; sodium 1325.8mg 53% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2007
Excellent recipe. I am 1/2 Italian and spent my youth every Sunday eating home cooked sauce that took my mom 8 hours to make. This recipe taste just like it and only consumes 30 minutes of my time. I love it! Read More
(19)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2010
The recipe was not terrible but it wasnt good either. I see nothing special about this recipe but I am picky about my spag sauce. Mine is better. Oh well thanks for sharing. Read More
(2)
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2007
Excellent recipe. I am 1/2 Italian and spent my youth every Sunday eating home cooked sauce that took my mom 8 hours to make. This recipe taste just like it and only consumes 30 minutes of my time. I love it! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2006
This was good although I made mine without the meat. I didn't have a packet of spaghetti sauce mix or whatever that is called but there is a recipe for it on this site that I referred to. It makes a decent sauce that it very easy to make. Thanks. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2007
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This recipe rocks! It was first of all, simple. I was having my in-laws over, and they are older, and my friends from the Mid-West who don't do real spicey foods. I didn't want it to get too crazy. THEY LOVED IT! Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2006
My family loves this sauce. We won t buy the jar of prepared sauce ever again; this is the only thing my family will eat now! For an added zing we stir in a couple of thick slices of Velveeta at the end and simmer until it s melted and stirred through. It adds a bit of cheesy flavor and helps coat the pasta when you serve it. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2008
I've been making a recipe similar to this for quite a few years. The only thing I do different is omit the paste and puree a can of basil garlic and oregano diced tomatoes which I do because my little one won't eat it if he can see the tomatoes. Glad to see you posted it on here we just love it. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2008
This was a great recipe! I added tons of water...about 1.25x the tomato paste. Fill the can once and then add some more. It was just too thick without the water for us. The taste was awesome. Added just a dash of salt and pepper. As an aside it was kind of funny. I make all my spaghetti sauce. When my husband saw the spaghetti sauce packages he was confused. He had never saw me use actual seasoning packages. I always do this on my own. The seasoning packages were great and added a really nice flavor to the sauce! Try it! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(7)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2007
I used half beef and half sweet italian sausage. It turned out great it's a keeper!!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2012
I have been making this recipes from Ronnetta now for year's. This is a wonderful dish to make and much better than canned spaghetti sauce. As this being a base recipe I have altered it in some ways. Once I have used half ground beef and half ground Italian Sausage. Usually I will add water after the sauce simmers for about 8 minutes... 1 can of water from the tomato paste can. Then let it simmer more and add one more can of water (with the tomato paste can) after 10 minutes. I am starting to make this recipe again for this evening and cannot wait until it is completed! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
I tried this recipe November 2007 and my kids LOVED it!!! I have to admit that it was delicious. They have been bugging me to make it again. I am heading to the store to purchase the ingredients to try it again. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2010
The recipe was not terrible but it wasnt good either. I see nothing special about this recipe but I am picky about my spag sauce. Mine is better. Oh well thanks for sharing. Read More
(2)
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