Linda's Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
October 09, 2011
"My own creation that I started making many moons ago. It's a great sauce, with LOTS of flavor packed into one pan! Peppers and Tabasco give it just a slight kick, but you can adapt it to your liking. You can also add 1 c. good red wine if you like, at the same time you add the tomatoes. I add water 1/2 c. at a time during cooking time, so sauce doesn't get too thick. Depending on how long you decide to cook it, depends on how much water to add. The more you cook it the tastier it is. This makes a huge batch of sauce!"
- Serving Size: 1 (820.7 g)
- Calories 756.1
- Total Fat - 29.3 g
- Saturated Fat - 9.9 g
- Cholesterol - 107.1 mg
- Sodium - 1805.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 97.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 10.8 g
- Sugars - 38.9 g
- Protein - 40.4 g
- Calcium - 178.6 mg
- Iron - 10.4 mg
- Vitamin C - 79.8 mg
- Thiamin - 0.5 mg
Step by Step Method
In a lg. pot saute onions with basil and Italian seasoning, then add hamburger. Cook until meat is no longer pink in the middle. When done, drain all the grease. Set aside.
Cook sausage links separately, and after cooked, cut up into bite size pieces. Set aside. When cool, refrigerate until about 1/2 hour before sauce is done, then add to sauce. (This helps the sauce from becoming greasy).
Add tomato puree, tomato paste, mushrooms, hot sauce and peppers to meat mixture. Mix well.
Add the Red wine, if using.
Add salt to taste, starting with 1 tablespoon.
Cook on medium heat until sauce comes to a boil, then cook 4-6 hours covered, on low heat so it will slightly bubble while cooking, or until desired thickness.
Stir every once in awhile, so the sauce and meat doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
A 1/2 hour before serving add sausage from the fridge, and heat until sausage are nice and hot, and sauce is bubbling.
Remove Bay Leaves before serving.
Serve with your favorite pasta.
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can add extra chili flakes or Tabasco sauce to your liking.
- If you don't have ground beef, you can use beef hamburger or Jimmy Dean sausage as a substitute.
- Substitute ground turkey for ground beef for a leaner option: This substitution will help cut down on fat and cholesterol, while still providing a delicious and flavorful dish.
- Substitute vegetable broth for the red wine for a vegetarian option: This substitution will make the dish vegetarian-friendly, and will still provide the same depth of flavor as the red wine.
Vegetarian Variation Replace the beef and sausage with 2 pounds of cooked lentils. Follow the same instructions as the original recipe.
Garlic Bread: Garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to Linda's Meaty Spaghetti Sauce. The crunchy, buttery texture of the bread pairs perfectly with the rich and flavorful sauce. Plus, the garlic adds a nice kick that complements the spices in the sauce.
Garlic Roasted Broccoli: Garlic roasted broccoli is a great accompaniment to Linda's Meaty Spaghetti Sauce. The broccoli is roasted with garlic and olive oil, giving it a delicious and slightly smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sauce. The broccoli also adds a nice crunchy texture to the dish that complements the smooth and creamy sauce.
Q: How long should I cook the sauce?
A: Cook the sauce on medium heat until it comes to a boil, then cook 4-6 hours covered, on low heat so it will slightly bubble while cooking, or until desired thickness.
Q: What ingredients do I need to make the sauce?
A: You will need tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, basil, oregano, sugar, and salt. Optional ingredients include red pepper flakes, onion powder, and black pepper.
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