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45 Minute Spaghetti Sauce

by Laura

When I was little and our family had spaghetti, this is the recipe that my mom made. It has been a favorite of mine forever. Then when I got married, my husband detested spaghetti. I told him he needed to try mine, then if he still couldn’t stand spaghetti, I wouldn’t make it again. Well, he found my recipe to be palatable. So now, this is only recipe for spaghetti that I make and my oldest son requests it often.
It is definitely different than your typical Italian spaghetti sauce. I think the bacon in the recipe is what give this sauce it’s different flavor. I usually don’t add the olives because no one in my family likes them. But on occasion, if I have some in my refrigerator, I’ll throw some on my portion. My recipe for Divine Breadsticks goes great with this spaghetti.
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45 Minute Spaghetti Sauce


  • ¾ cup onion
  • ½ pound hamburger
  • ¼ pound bacon, cooked and diced1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 dashes garlic powder or salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives, optional
  • cooked spaghetti


  1. In a large pot or skillet, cook onion with hamburger, until beef is fully cooked.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except for olives and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Then, if desired, add ¼ cup sliced olives. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes more.
  4. Serve over cooked spaghetti. Serves 4-6.
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What size cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste are to be used? Thank you.

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Love this recipe. Should one let it simmer for longer, to decrease the tartness in the tomato sauce?

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Shelley May 2, 2011 - 4:52 pm

How big of a can of tomato paste? Big or small (15 oz or 7 oz)? What about sauce? Big?


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