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Gramma Sue’s Spaghetti Sauce

Yields1 ServingPrep Time15 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time1 hr 45 mins

I used to host Pasta Feeds before doing triathlons. (By "doing" I mean surviving. I didn't care what place I finished but I did like that I could finish!) It was one of the only good reasons I had for doing triathlons! I usually finished in the top 10% in the swim, top half in the bike, and bottom 0.1% in the run. Oh well – At least I got to make Mom’s spaghetti sauce for my friends the night before.

I remember coming home from swim practice in high school and eating 4 helpings of this. Those were the days! This old fashioned hearty tomato sauce is simple to make. It can simmer all day and make the house smell wonderful. And it's great with leftovers. Thanks Mom!

 1 lb Ground BeefYou can also use Italian Sausage, or some combination of both.
 1 Onion, chopped
 1 Large Can Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
 12 oz Tomato Paste
 12 oz Water or Red Wine
 6 Garlic Cloves, chopped
 1 tsp Oregano
 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Black Pepper
 2 tbsp Dried Parsley
 0.50 tsp Fennel Seed (or pinch of ground fennel)*(You don't have to have this, but for me it's a really nice addition. Fennel is a key ingredient in most Italian sausages, and it blends in nicely to this sauce.)

Brown Ground Beef and onions together, adding garlic in the last two minutes. Drain, or for a little more flavor, just spoon out the excess fat.


Add everything together (Godfather style) and simmer for at least one hour.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 8 Servings