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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 30
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 179.1
  • Total Fat: 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 28.0 mg
  • Sodium: 812.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 8.7 g

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Extra Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Submitted by: FEFERNATOR
Extra Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Introduction

This is an old family recipe. My grandma used to make it and it is the best sauce I have ever had. No restaurant or bottled sauce will ever compare. The sauce takes a long time to cook but it freezes very well. I break mine down into family meal size tupperware and freeze for a quick, easy, homemade meal, pull it out of the freezer to thaw before you leave for work. This is an old family recipe. My grandma used to make it and it is the best sauce I have ever had. No restaurant or bottled sauce will ever compare. The sauce takes a long time to cook but it freezes very well. I break mine down into family meal size tupperware and freeze for a quick, easy, homemade meal, pull it out of the freezer to thaw before you leave for work.
Number of Servings: 30

Ingredients

    3 med. green bell peppers (finely chopped)
    3 med. yellow onions (finely chopped)
    6-8 kernels fresh garlic (minced)
    1/2 tsp. red hot pepper flakes
    salt
    black pepper
    2 lb. extra lean ground beef
    1 cup bread crumbs
    olive oil
    1 egg
    4, 14.5 oz cans diced or crushed tomatoes
    106 oz can tomato sauce
    4 six-oz. cans tomato paste

Directions

Combine first six ingredients in large mixing bowl (salt and pepper to taste). Reserve one third of this mixture. Add ground beef and egg to remaining vegetables in mixing bowl. Combine thoroughly by hand. Add enough bread crumbs to allow meat/vegetable mixture to be formed into 1 1/2” balls. (You may make all the meat/vegetable mixture into meatballs or reserve some meat to brown loosely.)

Preheat large pot over medium heat. Cover inside bottom of heated pot with olive oil. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir contents thoroughly to combine all tomato ingredients. Continue to stir every 5-10 minutes until sauce begins to simmer; then reduce heat to low, stirring every 15-20 minutes to avoid sauce’s sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Preheat large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4” olive oil. When oil is hot but NOT smoking, brown meatballs thoroughly on all sides. Transfer browned meatballs to simmering sauce with slotted spoon. Add oil as necessary to keep level at about 1/4”. (After meatballs are browned, brown any meat mixture you may have reserved earlier.)

After all meat has been added to sauce, brown all reserved vegetables in olive oil. When onions are transparent and bell pepper is just a little bit brown, transfer all the vegetables AND the remaining olive oil to the sauce pot.

Simmer gently for four hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Be sure to use a stirring device that will allow you to scrape the bottom of the sauce pot to make sure none of the sauce is sticking.

This sauce is great over pasta, bread or in a bowl all by itself! The key is the 4 hour cook time and let me tell you it is well worth the wait! It will taste better the next day then when cooked fresh because it allows time for all the flavors to really soak into the beef.

Makes approximately 30 1-cup servings.

**Note: nutritional value does not include crushed red pepper, salt or pepper.

Number of Servings: 30

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user FEFERNATOR.






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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    this was delcious!!! - 3/30/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This the most AMAZING sauce I ever tasted. I am not a marinara fan but this changed my whole outlook. I used cracker meal instead of bread crumbs. I will never ever buy a jar again in my life. It does take a long time to cook but VERY well worth it. - 3/15/10

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  • Made this last night. We love spaghetti and usually use the same recipe. We tried this for a change and really liked it. - 3/26/10

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  • I love having more meat in the sauce.. and recipes has things in there that are possibly already in your kitchen.
    Thanks! - 3/26/10

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