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Mom's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


Matt has been baking for 15 years and cooks delicious dinners for his family of 5. Endless trial and error has resulted in fabulous recipes.


Everyone needs a top notch spaghetti recipe for family dinner night. If you grew up in an Italian family I'm willing to bet you have a recipe that has been handed down through generations. Some of us, however, did not get to grow us with such a wonderful tradition and had to find the recipe we liked. After many family dinners as a kid, and dinners with my kids now, I have worked hard to make this spaghetti sauce recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

2 hours

2 hours 20 min

Serves six people


  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 24oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
  • 10 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 talbespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook until browned chopping the beef into small pieces and stirring constantly. Drain excess juices and put pot back on the cooktop.
  2. Add in the onions, mushrooms, celery and garlic. Stir constantly and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice and sugar. Stir to combine. Sugar helps cut the acidity of the sauce.
  4. Bring to a slight boil stirring constantly. Once sauce is hot reduce to a simmer and add all the spices.
  5. Simmer, stirring occasionally for at least 2 hours. Sauces get more flavorful the longer they are simmered so the longer you simmer the sauce, the better.
  6. Scoop sauce onto prepared pasta and enjoy.


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2021:

I agree with you that it takes a while for sauce flavors to develop. Your recipe sounds good. I have one handed to me by an Italian. She starts out by sauteeing some type of pork first to give extra flavor to the ultimate sauce. It is ended by having browned meatballs and the pork simmering for hours in the sauce. It is a labor of love, but it is well worth the effort.

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