Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
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Dad's Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

An easy spaghetti recipe that is quick to prepare and has great flavor. The perfect recipe for your Sunday family dinner!
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta dish, spaghetti dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 420kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 8 oz whole wheat spaghetti cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 c red wine
  • 16 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 32 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c fresh basil
  • Parmigiano reggiano - to serve


  • Cook spaghetti according to package instructions and set aside.
  • Heat a Dutch oven or sauce pot over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Saute onions and salt for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  • Add garlic, chili flakes and ground sirloin. Stir to combine and cook until meat is browned. (Do not be afraid to let the meat sit still for a minute! Color = flavor.)
  • When beef looks like it's about to burn, add in red wine to deglaze the pan.
  • Use wooden spoon to scrape up tasty bits from bottom of the pan.
  • Add mushrooms and cook 3 minutes or so.
  • Stir in whole tomatoes using back of spoon to break down.
  • Pour in tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or longer. (Tip: Have leftover parmiggiano reggiano rind? Cut off and add to sauce pot. Remove before serving. Adds tons of great flavor!)
  • A minute before serving, stir in fresh basil. Enjoy with freshly grated parm.


Excellent source of Vitamin C, good source iron and Vitamin A.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 58.8g | Protein: 23.4g | Fat: 7.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 866mg | Fiber: 10.9g