Total Time
2hrs 25mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 5 mins

This is a hearty (meaty) yet tangy spaghetti sauce that I have tweaked to almost perfection. A must try for any Italian food lovers out there.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet cook the meat, onion, green pepper and garlic until meat is brown and vegetables are tender.
  2. Drain off fat.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, salt, basil, thyme and bay leaf.
  4. Stir in water.
  5. Pour into large pot (one that is wider than it is tall). Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  6. Simmer, uncovered, for l½ to 2 hours or till sauce is of desired consistency, stirring occasionally, the thicker the better.
  7. Add lemon juice during last 5 minutes of simmering.
  8. Remove bay leaf.
  9. Serve over hot cooked pasta.
  10. Pass grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  11. Makes 6 servings.
Most Helpful

Very Good. I used fresh tomatoes though since I have so many. And fresh basil. Other than that, I followed this recipe.

Lali October 02, 2001

My 11 year old made this as a math project. He used all ingredients and exact measurements. It is wonderful. Easy to make. Worth the extra time.

Jackie3 December 04, 2001

My family loved this sauce. Instead of 2 Cups of water I added 1 cup white wine and 1 cup of water and it was very good. This is one that I will keep and I am making it again and will double the recipe and freeze some.....Thanks for sharing this! :)

Janet W July 14, 2002