Jim's Spaghetti House Sauce

"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."
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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins




  • 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.
  • Cook over medium low heat until meat is browned stirring frequently. Place bay leaves on top.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves. Skim fat from top.
  • Serve over spagetti noodles.

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  1. Grew up in Huntington and Jim's Spaghetti was my family's favorite restaurant, We ate there often (usually Sundays after church). When we moved away 60+ years ago I always longed to go back to Jim's but living 1500 miles away it's a little far for a Sunday drive. So very happy and delighted to find this recipe. It's a wonderful revisit to my childhood and appreciate more than you know that I can now make it at home for my children and grandchildren to enjoy.
  2. Makes too much for one so I use good ziplock freezer bags to freeze up double serving amounts. By far the best spaghetti sauce in the country.
  3. After 14 years I finally made this for my WV sweetie. Are I say homemade without the 8 hour drive to WV is even better. Our youngest eats it out of a bowl without noodles.
  4. 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!!
  5. 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.


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