Thick and Spicy Spaghetti Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

From Southern Living.

Top Review by cougarlicious

Followed directions exactly, but when I tasted it, all I could taste was cinnamon and tomato sauce. Not exactly what I was expecting from this "thick and spicy" sauce. I ended up adding quite a bit to make this sauce closer to what I was looking for - dried basil, red pepper flakes, more hot sauce, more italian seasoning, black pepper. In the end, even with the addition of more hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and black pepper, the sauce was still dominated by the cinnamon and only had a light layer of heat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic in hot oil in a large pot until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Add in ground beef; cook until meat is browned, stirring to crumble the meat; drain well and return to pot.
  3. Stir in the next 15 ingredients; cover, lower heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Take out bay leaves; stir in Burgundy wine.
  5. On individual plates, spoon sauce over cooked spaghetti; sprinkle each serving with cheese, if desired.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a