Monday, September 19, 2011

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce

I've been so busy lately with stocking up the freezer (for back-to-school time) and canning, that's why the blog has been a little slow. But this recipe's worth the wait, trust me!

This recipe is my Grandma's spaghetti sauce recipe. She wasn't Italian, but she was married to my Sicilian grandfather, and cooked daily for her family of 7. Some of my best memories of her are related to the kitchen. Her small kitchen (with a plaque that said "Marilyn's Kitchen"), her aprons, her cooking huge pots of spaghetti, and her kitchen being full of homemade pizza every Christmas Eve. I love her & miss her so much!

Here's the recipe in her handwriting

Yum, so meaty & thick!

This is at the end, after simmering. You can see how it has reduced quite a bit.

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce
Printable version here

2 large cans (12 oz. each) tomato paste
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic (a few cloves)
2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
Half of 1/3 cup sugar

*Make the day ahead for best flavor

In a large pot (6-8 quart), brown beef, sausage, and onion. Drain grease. Add tomato paste and 9 cups water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for about 4 hours. While cooking, add salt, pepper, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Add sugar during the last hour. Taste, and add salt if it still needs something. Cool, then store. May be frozen in dinner-sized portions. Enjoy!

(Note- this is half the amount of the original recipe. If you'd like, and if you have gigantic pots, you may double the recipe.)

Why I love it? Well, it's 50/50- I love it because it's nostalgic and because it's delicious! Sauce from a jar just can't compare. It makes a lot, it's freezable, and we all love it!


  1. Thank you. This is very sweet of you to share something so personal...treasure the handwritten recipes...they are the best.

  2. I have to add to your "why I love it" section. I think it's actually really easy to make! You basically brown the meats, then add the tomato paste and water, and then it simmers on its own for hours! I just made it, and was so surprised at how easy it was!

  3. I tried your spaghetti sauce recipe last night. It turned out fabulous! In my home we try to eat only whole foods. I used Agave nectar in place of the sugar and it turned out perfect! I enjoy your blog and look fwd to seeing more freezable meals posted.

  4. I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing! I'll get working on more freezer meals... :)