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    Very Speciale Spaghetti Sauce

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    2 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    2 hrs

    ChipotleChick's Note:

    This is my mother-in-law's recipe, which was adapted and passed down through at least 3 generations. It's so good I could eat it by itself! Everyone who walks through the kitchen while it's simmering is supposed to stir the sauce. This makes a big pot, so freeze some for another great meal some other time! Also makes fantastic lasagne by simply layering the sauce with mozzarella and lasagne noodles, then baking at 350F until done. Also, remember to cook it with love!

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    1. 1
      Combine tomato paste and water in a large pot, stir over medium high heat until tomato paste is dissolved (about 2-3 minutes).
    2. 2
      Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a separate skillet over medium high heat(can also add green bell pepper and mushrooms, if desired). Saute until onion is translucent and dump into the pot.
    3. 3
      Add the Italian seasoning, cayenne, salt, sugar and pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes (but you can never stir it too much).
    4. 4
      Brown the ground beef in a skillet, then add to the pot. Simmer another hour. My mother-in-law likes to add a little extra olive oil sometimes when it is cooking. Also, taste it often and adjust seasonings. If it gets too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more tomato paste.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 03, 2008


      This is the first time I have only used paste for the tomato part of spaghetti. It was a tad bitter and it is missing something. I worried about all the water, but it did condense down nicely. I added some more sugar, but that's not what it really needed.

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    Nutritional Facts for Very Speciale Spaghetti Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (303 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 134.2
    Calories from Fat 60
    Total Fat 6.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 23.1 mg
    Sodium 665.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 7.1 g
    Protein 8.6 g

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