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Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta

How to Make Spaghetti Meat Sauce

The house smells heavenly while this is cooking.  
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  • 2 pounds lean ground meat beef, pork and, or turkey
  • 4 cans (15 ounces per can) tomato sauce
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces per can) cut tomatoes
  • 3 cans (6 ounces per can) tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bell pepper stem and seems removed, chopped
  • 1 medium to large size onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch celery chopped, including the leaves from the innermost section of the bunch
  • 15 medium size fresh mushrooms sliced from top to bottom in fairly thin slices (about 1/8-inch wide)
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 Serrano pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 7 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper for the sauce
  • 4 dashes ground black pepper for the ground meat


  • For the Vegetables - In a large bowl, add the bell pepper, onion, celery, mushrooms, garlic and serrano pepper.  With a large sturdy spoon mix together.
  • To a large sauce pan, add olive oil and heat the pan on medium heat.  To the pan, add the chopped vegetables. 
  • Let the vegetables cook for 10 minutes while stirring about every 3 minutes. 
  • In the bowl that the chopped vegetables were in, add the cut tomatoes. With a clean hand, mash them up a bit.
  • For the Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce - After the chopped items have cooked for about 10 minutes, add the cut tomatoes to the pot.  Stir together.
  • To the pot, add tomato sauce and tomato paste.  To the empty cans of tomato sauce, add water and stir (to get any excess tomato sauce that is still inside of the cans); add this water to the sauce.  
  • For the Seasonings - To the pot, add Worcestershire sauce, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.  Stir together.  
  • Turn the heat down to low and continue to stir occasionally while the meat is cooking.
  • Cooking the Meat - To a large skillet, add the ground meat and pepper.  Heat the skillet on medium heat and stir.  
  • Using a heat resistant spatula or the end of a wooden spoon, break up the ground meat so that the meat is all about the same size.  
  • Continue cooking until the meat starts to brown.  Transfer the ground meat onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess grease.
  • To the pan, add the ground meat and stir.  Add the bay leaves to the pan and stir.
  • Let simmer for at least 3 hours.  Continue to stir every 20 minutes or less. 
  • After simmering for 3 hours, the sauce should reduce, thicken, and the ingredients should blend together nicely.
  • Remove the bay leaves before serving. 
  • Serve warm over any type of pasta.