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Flashback Friday ~ Spaghetti Sauce

There's nothing more comforting on a cold winter night than to come home to a fresh hot bowl of cooked spaghetti sauce dished over capellini noodles.  I live opposite a greenhouse and  I am so fortunate that my neighbor lady supplies me with many fresh tomatoes all summer and I just throw them in a bag to freeze and make spaghetti sauce in the winter when I have more time. 
For this week's flashback Friday I paired it together with Capellini noodles (angel hair) and also added Char's fresh roasted beans.  

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1-quart canned tomatoes undrained. ( I use fresh tomatoes, skin them, chop them and they are the best.)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese.
  1. Brown ground beef, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Drain.
  2. Place all ingredients except cheese in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat to medium and cook until sauce is thick - about 11/2 hours - 2 hours.
  4. Serve over spaghetti.
  5. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese
This sauce freezes well. I often double it and freeze half.


  1. Well Marg...we must know the same young adults. :) I too make and freeze ahead for easy healthy supper preps for my family who are less inclined to 'start from scratch'. This look like a great sauce recipe. I love the addition of mushrooms and paprika...two things I haven't used before in mine. Hmmmm...this is a timely post. I'm out the door grocery shopping..where is my pen.

  2. What a great spaghetti recipe and how fun that Bev is the original author of it. I'll have to give this one a try .. .Bev, and Marg.

  3. Mmmm.. that looks good. I will definitely try it..And the freezing some is such a good idea, isn't it? My husband loves spegetti/macaroni and if the sauce is as handy as the freezer then it is such a quick meal when I need it!!

  4. Nice to still have you here, Marg! =) A large batch of Spaghetti Sauce is such a great way to "plan ahead". I bet it will all be gone when you get back, though. I like your photo of the ziplock containers.

  5. I have the cookbook...but obviously still have a few recipes to try! It looks great.

  6. I glad you enjoy this sauce Marg. My mom got it from a friend of hers and I still remember how impressed I was when she served it - she put the spaghetti on a huge platter and ladled the sauce into the middle of it proving how presentation can make food memorable.
    This is still my basic recipe but Ihave tinkered with it so often that it is probably different each time I make it. I now add to the spices - at least 2 tsp. of dried basil (or fresh if you have it) and some Montreal steak spice to give it some zip and about a Tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce. I also add a tin of tomato paste which I find helps to thicken it up and intensify the flavour. Like you, Marg, I always make a big batch - usually using 2-3 lb. hamburger so I have lots to put in the freezer.

  7. I often make a version of this for my family... I start from memory and then check back for any omissions. I tend to leave out the peppers, and opt for fresh mushrooms when available (which is another way that I'm sure Mom has changed it) (Bev K. = my mom) :D

  8. If it's from Bev, it's good! She can add and subtract and substitute and it is always a hit. I also make large amounts of certain recipes and treat my daughters with a meal to pull out now and again from their freezers. Kathy

  9. I've made this recipe several times for company and always get a lot of compliments. Thanks!

  10. This is interesting, thank you. I think I will try this sometime soon, next time peppers are on sale. I've never seen ketchup in a spaghetti sauce recipe before, but it makes sense - I think the reason my kids don't normally like homemade sauce is that it isn't as sweet as the kind that comes in a can.

  11. Oh that looks so good Marg! I rarely make my own sauce but this recipe looks great and I happen to have some frozen tomatoes in the freezer. Must check out Charlotte's fresh roasted beans too. Yum!

  12. Oh that does sound good! I could go for some of that about now. Fridays are comfort food days in my book. :-)

  13. Oh that does sound good! I could go for some of that about now. Fridays are comfort food days in my book. :-)

  14. looks like a great recipe for sauce, nice and chunky!!! you are so lucky about the produce, finding fresh stuff in winter is almost impossible and i don't freeze tomatoes!!!


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