Southern-Style Meat Sauce

Southern-Style Meat Sauce

59 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    40 m
  • Cook

    2 h
  • Ready In

    2 h 40 m
Noelle C :)
Recipe by  Noelle C :)

“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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Original recipe yields 9 servings



  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.

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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 of spice is perfect, would not change one single thing! Thank you for bringing my Mom back to me with this sauce! Addition made to my review 11.08.09, why some reviewers make changes before trying the original recipe is beyond can you review and rate a recipe that you have not tried? Try the original recipe then review and rate it..give it a shot before you pass judgement, all recipes are to ones taste, if you do not like spicey sauce, than this one is not for you! You should not try this one and give it a bad review if you do not like spicy sauce is SPICY sauce, anyone can see that from the ingredients.

Mimi B.

Mimi B.

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 incredible! Here's the only things I changed up...I used 1 lb grass fed ground beef and 1 lb ground buffalo (great quality meat makes all the difference). Sauted the onions and garlic in a non stick pan with no oil then added to fully cooked meat. Instead of tomato paste I used 2 cans diced italian tomatoes, fresh mushrooms instead of canned and I was worried about adding the full 2 TBS red pepper flakes based on other reviewers adding 1 and saying that was more than enough so I added 1 1/2 TBS and it was great I think it would be delicious with the full 2 TBS but you do really have to like spicey which we do. Added a shake of garlic powder along with the other spices and I let it simmer for over 2 hrs just because that makes it so flavorful and the meat so tender. Served it on top of whole wheat spagetti with a side of whole wheat beer bread to sop up the sauce, PERFECT! This would also make an awesome lasagna sauce or if you keep the recipe as is with the tomato paste it would be a great pizza sauce. If you love a little kick to your food I HIGHLY recommend trying this recipe!!!!!! OOps almost forgot...I cut the salt by half.



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 as long to make it as stated in the cooking time. It took me under an hour for sure.

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Amount Per Serving (9 total)

  • Calories
  • 336 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 21.4 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 22 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 2562 mg
  • 102%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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