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Nana's Spaghetti Sauce.

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Nana's Spaghetti Sauce.

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  • 2 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 onions (large, chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes (canned, or more crushed if you prefer a less-chunky sauce)
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce (canned)
  • 12 oz. tomato paste (canned)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you want some heat!)
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    Calories260Calories from Fat120
    Total Fat13g20%
    Saturated Fat5g25%
    Trans Fat1g
    Calories from Fat120
    Total Carbohydrate20g7%
    Dietary Fiber5g20%
    Vitamin A35%
    Vitamin C40%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    This sauce is wow!! So good I just don’t use meat and I make my own meatballs but oh it is Italian angels singing in your mouth!!
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    A Graham 5 months ago
    Great recipe. Used ground turkey and 6oz of tomato paste. I dont care for my sauce to be too thick.
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    Sankey a year ago
    Very delicious and fairly easy to make! I halved the recipe, and it still made a lot of sauce.
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    Kurt van Krieken a year ago
    Good stuff. Added sauted mushrooms and substituted bison for hamburger. Really good and easy recipe that is ready in about an hour and a half. Thanks!
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    April Chandler a year ago
    Delicious!!! My new favorite go to recipe for spaghetti sauce!
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    Dolly O. a year ago
    Ahhhmazing!!!! I didn’t have the diced or crushed tomatoes so added more tomatoe sauce, didn’t want to make a trip to the store. Also added in mushrooms. It was delicious. I will definitely be trying as is maybe next week with company 😊
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    Orologio a year ago
    Great! The only thing I changed is I puréed the sauce before putting ground meat in that’s the only way the kid will eat sauce.
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    Nich 2 years ago
    This was delicious! I used ground Italian sausage for the meat and a smaller can of paste than called for but as for the rest I did as noted (and finalized with taste) and it was VERY flavorful. Boyfriend gave many compliments. Oh! Also, I used brown sugar rather than white! Def keeping this one!
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    A little to sweet but overall really good. I would suggest not putting the sugar.
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    Williams 2 years ago
    We love this spaghetti sauce and now my grand daughter is making it almost by herself she is 6! She gets so excited when we are going to make spaghetti!
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    Krista Van Lewen 2 years ago
    I (kind of sadly) had to shelf my Aunt Isabel's spaghetti sauce recipe--my go-to for years--for this one. My husband begs for this sauce, even during the summer : )
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    Samuel Draper 2 years ago
    Turned out great the second time I made it. The first time I didn't have enough beef, and it threw off the whole thing. Perfect texture!
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    Angela Waters 2 years ago
    My family LOVES this!! My kids are SO picky, but they ask me to make this sauce at least once a week
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    Regan 2 years ago
    I just made this for dinner tonight and OMG! it was delicious!! I only used 1 can of crushed tomatoes and cut out the other 28oz can (personal preference.) I also added just a tad bit more of the red flakes to have more of a kick and even out the sugar!
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    Beth Brightman 3 years ago
    Delicious and easy! So nice!
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    Patty Rice 3 years ago
    I tried this recipe a couple of years for the 1st and loved it. I commented after because it’s so similar to the one my Granny made except I use diced & stewed tomatoes because she made it that way & we prefer to have chunky tomatoes. I made it the 1st time I cooked for my husband over 39yrs ago when we were dating & know it played a role in winning him over. I’ve made it many times since then. I do want to WARN y’all there is a DOWNSIDE to this recipe...when my family and friends know I’m making it they all want some!! I usually double or triple it but I have even quadrupled it so I can share & freeze some for my husband and I for later. When there’s none in the freezer that’s my sign that it’s time to make more. When I ask my 2 oldest grandchildren what they want me to cook for them their 1st choice is my pot roast but this is a close 2nd. I LOVE seeing my family at my table enjoying it and their beautiful faces (especially the little ones) covered in the It’s an easy, delicious sauce. If you’ve never made a homemade sauce...I definitely recommend you try this one.
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    Terri D. 3 years ago
    Awesome! I added mushrooms and seasoned to taste
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    Cody Len 4 years ago
    Oh it's fantastic! i messed with the recipe a little since I've first made it but I freeze some every month!
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    SophiaMeak 4 years ago
    Simple and easy, really good.
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    Kacee Koupal 4 years ago
    I’ve made this a few times and alter it differently each time based on what I have on hand. I don’t use meat because I’m plant based but I made it for 5 guests tonight and it was a hit! This will continue to be my go-to recipe.
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    Rivera 4 years ago
    Very hearty and delicious! Skipped the red pepper flakes and onion; added more sugar and a bay leaf. Used leftovers for stuffed shells the next day!
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    Rena P. 4 years ago
    my new go to. delicious.
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    Angie 5 years ago
    My family loved this and it was so easy to make.
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    marianne Giglio 5 years ago
    Easy and the whole family enjoy it 🤗
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    Anaïs Noah 5 years ago
    It was a good base but a bit bland for my personal taste. I added some garlic powder and salt (I'm crazy for garlic) and lawreys seasoning salt. Turned out great! I'll use it again!
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    Laura O. 5 years ago
    I have made homemade spaghetti sauce for many years so I can say, this is GOOD!!