Thick and Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
Ready In

"This recipe has a little bite that can be controlled by which Rotel you choose...mild, regular or hot. I use one mild and one regular. As with all my recipes, please feel free to make it your own. I get 6 or 7 quart bags from this recipe, though it's easily halved."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (376.4 g)
  • Calories 541.2
  • Total Fat - 29.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 138.8 mg
  • Sodium - 268.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 14.9 g
  • Protein - 43.2 g
  • Calcium - 82.9 mg
  • Iron - 6.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a large skillet, brown hamburg, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and drain well. Two batches may be necessary.

Step 2

Transfer to a large stockpot and stir in the remaining ingredients.

Step 3

Simmer 2 hours uncovered, stirring occasionally, or until sauce reaches the thickness you like.

Step 4

Cool, package in meal size servings and freeze.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I used mild Rotel to hold the heat down, but it sure added lots of flavor. Loved this thick and delicious sauce. There is nothing worse than a watery sauce! Keeper here!

review by:
(6 Dec 2019)

Derf "RIP" Forever in our Kitchen

Excellent flavour and so easy. I made half a recipe , 2 lbs hamburger, but doubled the red wine, a Merlot. Rotel is not available here so I added a teaspoon full of crushed chillies flakes, had just the right heat for us. I made it for the week end as we have grandkids coming , but we had some for supper tonight, it was delicious over linguine, and i have two very large portions in the freezer. Thanks for posting, it's been a long time since i made home made spaghetti sauce, I will certainly be making this again.

(22 Feb 2012)