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Mom's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
1 pound hamburger meat
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 qts. (8 cups) tomatoes (can use fresh tomatoes, or canned stewed tomatoes)
2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
dash of pepper
2-3 Tbl brown sugar (optional)


Tip: For a thicker sauce, drain some of the liquid from the tomatoes. The other option is to add 1 Tbl cornstarch (mixed into 1/2 cup cold water) before you start to simmer the sauce.

Put hamburger meat into large pot (preferably with a heavy bottom). Cook over stove on medium heat, stirring often. Add veggies to the pan and cook until they are tender. Don't forget to stir often.

Tip: I like to buy hamburger meat ahead of time and freeze it. To brown it I don't defrost it. I just throw the frozen meat into the pan. I let it brown on one side, then turn the meat over and scrape the cooked part off. I just repeat this until it is all cooked.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20-30 minutes.

Tip: Simmer means to boil slowly at a low temperature. So, to do this I usually turn the stove to med-high or high (never leave the kitchen with the stove on high!). When it starts to boil, I turn the heat down as low as I can while keeping a slow boil (usually low to medium depending on the stove and the size of the pot on it).

Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.

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Recipe Origin: United States
Submitted by:
Damon J

United States
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