Zesty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

"I started off with my family's favorite recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce, which is very good but a bit mild for my preference. So I kept adding certain ingredients until I was satisfied, and I ended up with the recipe posted here. I have added red pepper flakes on occasion too, but that makes the sauce a bit spicy and "over the top" for my kids."
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  • In a medium skillet, brown the sausage (or beef) with the chopped onion until no pink remains in the sausage and the onion is transparent. Drain excess grease.
  • In the meantime, heat oil in a kettle or stock pot, and sauté the minced garlic, mushroom pieces, and green pepper in the oil until the pepper is tender. Add remaining ingredients, including enough mushroom juice or water to reach the right consistency. Cover; let sauce simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the browned meat/onion mixture to the kettle. Cover and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked and drained spaghetti noodles.

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  1. Angela A.
    I've had a lot of spaghetti sauces, and they've all been great - but this one? Absolutely my favorite. I make it without the mushrooms because no one in my family likes them and I actually thought it would be weird adding Worcestershire and Tabasco to spaghetti sauce at first - umm, no - it's FANTASTIC. Try it it you like a little zest. Soooooo good.
  2. shay_47
    Made as shown. Was Excellent! I messed it up the first time because I used 2 cloves of garlic and my cloves were humongous. I should've used one or just a half. Judge your garlic amount by the size of your cloves. Once I got that right, its awesome!!
  3. Char S.
    Very easy to make, don't let the list of ingredients put you off. Made it exactly as stated and it is a great base to add other things to it you may like.
  4. ericaclute4
    Absolutely delicious!!! I left out the mushrooms and beef, saut
  5. loof751
    Great spicy spaghetti sauce! I used ground turkey with good results; I used plenty of tabasco and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes. Served over sauteed shredded zucchini for a healthy and tasty meal - thanks for sharing the recipe!



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