Southern-Style Meat Sauce

Southern-Style Meat Sauce

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Noelle C 22

"This is my Mom's spaghetti recipe that has been my favorite since the age of three! Great for dinner parties! Serve over spaghetti and with a salad and garlic bread."
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2 h 40 m servings 336 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 336 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.4g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 22 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 2562 mg
  • 102%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a large pot heat olive oil. Add onions and simmer on medium heat until semi soft; stir in garlic. Be careful not to burn. Add ground beef and cook until all pink is gone; drain.
  2. In pot with drained beef, gently stir in tomato paste and tomato sauce. Mix in oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, mushrooms, bay leaves and salt; bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 2 hours.


  1. 81 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Wow! I have been searching for sauce like my Mom made. She past away in 1996, but I found her sauce with this recipe! I tripled the recipe so I could freeze some for a later date. The amount...

Most helpful critical review

Followed recipe to the letter. Was OK, but alittle to salty. Also to thick for my taste. Will be better with some minor changes

Wow! I have been searching for sauce like my Mom made. She past away in 1996, but I found her sauce with this recipe! I tripled the recipe so I could freeze some for a later date. The amount...

WOW this was good!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could. If your a lover of spicey things than this sauce will be your favorite of all time!! I made this last night for dinner, it was incredib...

I thought it was really good. I followed other people's suggestions on not adding salt and cutting back on spice. I added 1 can of beef broth to get a better consistancy. Also it didn't take me...

I am trying really hard to cook out of my freezer/pantry for the next two weeks to save money. I did make a one substitution in this recipe to reflect that--I used half ground beef/half ground s...

This is a definite 5 star recipe with the changes in the amount of salt and chili flakes that others have recommended. I didn't have chili flakes (not sure what they are,actually), so I used a ...

Very good with a few modifications. I do not brown the meat in oil, the meat has enough fat in it to brown. I added two cans of diced tomatoes, drained, omitted Worc. sauce, mushrooms and red pe...

This is the best sauce I have ever had...AFTER a few modifications. Other reviewers were right about too much salt and also it was VERY spicy! I too, will cut the salt at least in half next ti...

My family and I love this sauce. I take a small amount out of the pot and transfer it to another pot before I add the red pepper flakes for my kids. I dont use as much salt as called for and I ...

I am glad that I read the reviews before I made this sauce. I did not add any salt, I cut way back on the chili powder (I didn't have flakes) and I add some balsamic. oh, and I also only used en...

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