Grandma Shannon's Amazing Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Be sure to make a triple batch of this sauce... it is tried and true and been around for generations. My 90 year-old Croatian grandmother still makes this every Wednesday night for the family... absolutely and perfectly delicious, with just the right blend of savory and slightly sweet. Serve with green salad and homemade French or Italian bread. Yum!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and saute the onion, garlic and meat together. (It's best to add the garlic after the onion and meat have been sauteed for 4-5 min.). Saute for 8-10 minutes altogether. Drain the fat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for 1 hour or more. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. I sometimes add a teaspoon of sugar to make it a bit sweeter, if need be. Serve over your favorite cooked pasta and enjoy!


Most Helpful

I used fennel seed as that is all I had. This isn't bad, but it isn't what I was looking for in a sauce.

Scrivener1 April 20, 2013

Ok so this sauce was completley delish, we have put it into our recipe box for the year to come... we only made a tiny addition of oregano and it made our palates dance for joy... Definately worth making a stock pile for those in a hurry dinners

siwells_girl January 22, 2010

I love this recipe, though we used the version of it that goes with your casserole. We've used this sauce several times since I found it on here and it always disappears fast, thanks so much for sharing! We use this sauce on everything from spaghetti, to your casserole to it!

Wolfangel July 09, 2008

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