Jim's Spaghetti House Sauce

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is a delicious meat sauce that has a very fine texture. It comes from a famous restaurant in Huntington, West Virginia that has been serving this spaghetti for 67 years.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients except for the bay leaves together until smooth. DO NOT BROWN THE GROUND CHUCK. This is what makes the texture so fine.
  2. Cook over medium low heat until meat is browned stirring frequently. Place bay leaves on top.
  3. Cover and simmer on low heat for 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
  4. Remove bay leaves. Skim fat from top.
  5. Serve over spagetti noodles.
Most Helpful

My family loves Jim's Spaghetti, it's a classic and always amazing. We live about an hour away from Jim's and crave it frequently. I made this one Sunday when the craving couldn't be quenched as they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. I was so pleased at finding this recipe. I had to downsize the amount since I only had about 1.5 pounds of ground beef. I also had to substitue some italian seasoning for the oregeno and bay leaf. I used a little taco seasoning for chili powder and dried minced onion was the only thing I had to use. I turned out delish and all of our tummys were happy. Thanks for the recipe!!

A Big Ole BLT February 26, 2012

I live near Jim's but have never eaten there. I have made this sauce and it is delicious. It is my favorite pasketti sauce.

Richard Noggin February 10, 2012

YUMMY! Since I don't live near Huntington, WV anymore, I was so pleased to find this recipe. And even more pleased to find that it tasted VERY close to Jim's. I've made it 5-6 times since I discovered this recipe just a couple of months ago. Great to feed a crowd and so easy, you'll swear it shouldn't be that good!

hannahlab December 21, 2009