Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

The ground beef can be omitted if meatballs are to be used. I mentioned simmering for 1 hour but longer yields more flavor, I let sauce simmer for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saute pan cook bacon and transfer to a bowl, let cool and crumble.
  2. In bacon drippings cook mushrooms and onion until tender and for last minute of cooking time add the garlic, transfer to a bowl.
  3. Brown ground beef and remove from heat, drain off grease.
  4. In a large stock pot add ground beef, diced tomatoes with juices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, wine, seasonings, onion powder, shredded carrot, crumbled bacon and bay leaves, stir to combine, bring to a slow boil cover and reduce heat to slow simmer for at least 1 hour stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove bay leaves prior to serving.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta.


Most Helpful

This sauce is so yummy. I used 28 ounces of diced tomatoes and omitted the tomato sauce. I used low sodium beef broth. I used Merlot for the red wine. I used fresh mushrooms. Thanks Papa D :) Made for Count Dracula and His Hot Bites for ZWT7

Boomette June 07, 2011

This was a huge hit, even with my raw-vegan friend! We've had hot days and today hit 108?, so I opted to adjust this recipe for the crock pot. I used ground turkey instead of beef. I cooked the turkey, bacon and the veggies per instructions, threw everything else in the crock pot, and then spent the rest of the day in the pool. Everyone really enjoyed this recipe. The bacon sets it apart from other spaghetti sauces, and the only thing I'd change is to add about a teaspoon of sugar next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Papa D. Made and enjoyed for the 2012 Cookathon in memory of Papa D.

**Tinkerbell** July 09, 2012

Great flavours though I did have to omit the onion for dietary/allegy reasons and as my home made tomato paste (complements of a neighbour) in very intense I only added 2 tablespoons and over the spaghettie made a delicious meal with a side salad. Thank you Papa D and made in your memory for your cook-a-'thon..

I'mPat June 27, 2012

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