This is a family recipe that my mom and dad used to make when I was a little girl. I always loved spaghetti night! The sauce is so good, you could just eat it in a big bowl by itself! I know, I’ve done this many times! When we had spaghetti, it was always served with iceberg lettuce cut in wedges and slices of Heiner’s Old Fashioned Bread, buttered, and folded in half. I used to bury my spaghetti in “shaker cheese”, but I’ve learned that less is more with the cheese on the spaghetti. My dad always buttered and folded everyone’s bread, and he also ate everyone’s leftovers. We called him our “garbage disposal”. This is one of those comfort food memories! I find that many of my favorite memories revolve around food. The tradition continues now with my own family. I butter the bread for everyone, and my husband is the “garbage disposal”. And it is now the job of my kids to put too much “shaker cheese” on their spaghetti. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do…maybe you can make your own spaghetti night traditions!
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
2 lb. ground chuck
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. parsley
2 tsp. basil
1 heaping tsp. oregano
5 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
3- 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. sugar
6 oz. jar sliced mushrooms
1 lb. spaghetti noodles
1. Brown meat in a large skillet. Pour off fat.
2. Add onion, pepper, garlic, herbs, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper. Cook about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add tomato sauce, sugar, and mushrooms.
4. Let simmer for at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer this sauce simmers, the better it will taste. Make sure to taste your sauce to see if you need to add anything to it…remember, you are cooking for your taste buds!
5. Serve over spaghetti noodles cooked according to package directions.
Enjoy! This makes quite a bit of spaghetti, so unless you are serving a large crowd, you will most likely have leftovers. And like I said, the longer the sauce sits, the better, so leftovers the next day are wonderful! I love leftovers!!! Oh, and it’s okay if you sneak a bowl of sauce while it’s simmering…I usually do! Yummy!