Sensational Spaghetti Sauce

"Simple, delicious, sweet like my mother's recipe from long ago, a great spaghetti sauce that I make for company and other special occasions, like my son's birthday. It's from a junior league cookbook, "Creme de Colorado". One of my favorite things about cooking is dumping several ingredients in a pot and having it turn out delicious. This recipe is like that."
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Ready In:
3hrs 25mins




  • In large, heavy kettle, saute onion and garlic in butter and oil until transparent.
  • Add meat and brown over medium heat.
  • Add green pepper, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomatoes, Worcestershire, bitters, sugar, wine, salt, pepper, celery salt, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper.
  • Simmer over low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Serve with warm pasta and a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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  1. I grew up in the midwest in a non-Italian family but my Mom always used Angostura bitters in her sauce, and she got the recipe from an Italian lady who owned a popular Italian restaurant. She also insisted on slicing the onions instead of chopping them because that's how that nice Italian lady did her onions. My mom had to give up acidic and spicy foods due to cancer, but I've recently had a hankering for mom's spaghetti lately so I'm going with this one next time. I don't have the same home canned Rutgers tomatoes that Mom always used but I can certainly come up with a bottle of Angostura bitters. Miss you, mom!
  2. I own the creme cookbook and desired to have this spaghetti in hawaii. I feel lucky to find this recipe online. It's so flavorful and it freezes, so I usually double it.
  3. I have been searching for a good spaghetti sauce for a VERy long time and I have finally found it. I added a bit more dried oregano and basil as those were the spices in the Italian stewed tomatoes. I'm not sure if it really needed it, but man, this was REALLY good!
  4. This is really a sensational dark, rich sauce.I have made this for the past 15 years! The Angostura bitters makes all the difference (sometimes a little tricky to find in supermarket). The celery salt adds a fabulous slightly sweet flavor. Roxygirl in Colo.


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