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Family Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

A delicious spaghetti sauce with two types of sausage and beef, sure to be a family favorite!

Family Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Jennifer Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

3

hours 
Calories

227

kcal

A delicious spaghetti sauce with two types of sausage and beef, sure to be a family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp minced garlic

  • 1 can – 12 oz tomato paste

  • 2-1/2 cups water

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine i.e. Burgundy

  • 1-1/2 lbs lean ground beef

  • salt and pepper (to season beef)

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 lb Italian sausage (I use Johnsonville hot)

  • 1 lb pork breakfast sausage (in roll, regular flavor, I use Jimmy Dean)

  • 2 cans – 28 oz each crushed tomatoes with basil

  • 2 cans – 28 oz each tomato sauce

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 3-4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 tsp dried basil

  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 can – 4 oz sliced mushrooms, drained

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook onions in olive oil over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add garlic and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, then continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add water and wine, stir to combine.
  • Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet, seasoning with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Drain the grease and add to the sauce.
  • Cook both types of sausage together in the same skillet used for ground beef, until no longer pink.
  • Drain grease, add sausage to sauce.
  • Add in remaining ingredients (start with 3 tbsp. of sugar and add more to taste)
  • Bring to boil, then lower to simmer.
  • Cook for 3 – 4 hours mostly covered (lid slightly ajar)
  • Stir occasionally, and keep heat low (maintain slow simmer)
  • Serve over spaghetti.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • This recipe makes a lot, but freezes well.
  • If you can’t find crushed tomatoes with basil, plain crushed tomatoes will work fine. Just add an extra tsp. of dried basil to sauce.
  • If sauce gets too thick while simmering, add a little more water.

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Nutrition Facts

24 servings per container

Serving Size1 servings


  • Amount Per ServingCalories227
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 13.9g 22%
    • Saturated Fat 4.2g 22%
  • Cholesterol 48mg 16%
  • Sodium 587mg 25%
  • Potassium 11mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.1g 9%
    • Sugars 6.6g
  • Protein 14.7g 30%

  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 30%
  • Vitamin D 85%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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