Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Memories

Some of the ingredients used in making spaghetti sauce.
Some of the ingredients used in making spaghetti sauce. | Source

Spaghetti Sauce and Memories.

One of my fondest childhood memories is the ones shared with my Aunt Bea. She is the person who taught me not only how to cook but how to love to create in the kitchen. I would stay with her every summer for a few weeks, sort of a vacation away from home. I would look forward to it for months. She was a funny, loving Aunt who had all the time in the world for a silly girl's questions and dreams.

I can still remember the summer when she decided I was old enough and responsible enough to be taught her homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. What a monumentous event. You don't understand, I was the only neice to recieve the honor. Her spaghetti sauce was the best anyone of the family and anyone out of the family had ever tasted. There was never any lack of company when she made that sauce. People would stand, plate in hand, if they had to just to get some of her sauce.

So, every summer we worked on that spaghetti sauce.  Me learning and she teaching me everything I needed to know about how to make it just rigth.  We would talk as we chopped the onion, green peppers, garlic, and tomatoes making the chore seem as though it would take only minutes.  The sizzling of the meat and the smell of the vegetables would rise to tickle our noses as the sauce began to bubble.

The tantalizing aroma would drift out of the open windows and doors and soon people would begin to drift towards the kitchen as though being pulled by a magnet.  She would shoosh them away and we would continue talking.  I loved these special times with my Aunt.  I would tell you secrets and she would smile, nod and add a word to my stream of conversation every now and then.  No matter what I told her, she never seemed to judge.  She just seemed to understand .  It was an important time in my life and my fondest memory of my childhood.

She helped me to grow into a level headed adult, with the confidence to carry on in life.  I wish she could have seen my girls, she would have been so proud of them.  I raised them in much the same way my Aunt would have.  I spent the time listening to them, not judging, and looking like I understood them, even when I didn't.

Those days with my Aunt Bea will always be treasured by me, she gave an adult to talk to, a friend, and a darn good spaghetti sauce recipe.  Everytime I smell spaghetti sauce I think of her.

Spaghetti sauce cooking.
Spaghetti sauce cooking. | Source

Aunt Bea's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

 Ingredients:

2 lb ground chuck

2 lbs Italian sausage, cut in 2" lengths

1/2 lb boneless chuck beef, cut into 2" chunks

1/2 lb boneless pork, cut into 2" chunks

2 large onions, chopped

2 large green peppers, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups water

8 to 10 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 6oz cans tomato paste

1/2 tsp marjoram

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp crushed basil

2 bay leaves

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced

Directions:

Heat olive oil in large stock pot, crumble ground chuck, Italian chunks, beef chunks, and pork chunks.

As meat begins to brown add onion, green pepper, and garlic.  Saute until ground chuck is thoroughly browned.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients thoroughly.

Cover and simmer for 4 to 6 hours.

It's time to enjoy.
It's time to enjoy. | Source

How to freeze leftover sauce

  • Let your sauce cool to room temperature.
  • Place sauce in small ziplock bags.  This will allow you to take out as little or as much sauce as you will need.  That way there is less waste.
  • Label each bag with date and description of contents.
  • Lay bad flat in freezer until it is frozen through.  You can then stack the bags of frozen sauce.
  • To thaw, you can place in refrigerator overnight.  Or you can place bag in pot of water and slowly heat.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This spaghetti sauce sounds delicious KoffeeKlatch Gals. The best thing of all is that it can be frozen for later use. rated Up.


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

I have been looking for a recipe that uses fresh tomatoes! I have so many tomatoes left over in the summer and knew that there must be a recipe somewhere. This one sounds real good. I just have never heard of a sauce that uses that much meat. I am looking forward to trying it!!


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

I have been looking for a recipe that uses fresh tomatoes! I have so many tomatoes left over in the summer and knew that there must be a recipe somewhere. This one sounds real good. I just have never heard of a sauce that uses that much meat. I am looking forward to trying it!!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The idea of freezing the extra sauce could be useful.My wife has sphegetti every Monday. Unless she is sick of something I do not get involved with it though.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Sue, The sauce looks wonderful. I haven't made spaghetti sauce in a long time but I have frozen it before. Thanks for the recipe.


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

This looks amazing! Gonna bookmark it asap!Your Amazon choices are SO tempting!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks carrie. It is great. Try it, you'll like it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Specialk, my aunt was a true meat-eater. Every meal contained lots of meat so when it came to sauces, soups and stews she always made hers extra meaty. That extra meat certainly makes it extra hearty. let me know how you like it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dahoglund, Sunday was spaghetti day in my Aunt's house. Hope your wife likes the recipe.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Pamela, if you decide to make spaghetti sauce agin and it just happens to be this particular recipe, please let me know how you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

bayoulady, thanks. Let me know how you like the sauce. Thanks for stopping in and thanks for the comment.


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danieliuhasz 5 years ago from Romania

Now that looks like some good sauce! From my point of view I could eat that on bread..sandwich with spaghetti sauce:))


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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California

Great Recipe Gals,

The Sausage & Green Peppers will create an amazing flavor, especially the peppers.

Thx for Sharing & I look forward to trying it.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

KKG,

As a part Italian- let me say this sauce sounds great- now I'm hungry although I admit i am a big mushroom in the sauce fan cooked or raw to letem cook in the sauce- mmm I am hungry now ...litterally its noon...

HA

TH


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

danieliuhasz, try it with a hunk of Italian bread - it's great.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Alternative Prime, the sausage and peppers do their part to add flavor. I have always loved a spaghetti that includes everything but the kitchen sink. Let me know how you like it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tom, get out to the store and get the ingredients. I guarantee they will fill you to the brim. I love my mushroom too, I try to put them in as many recipes as I can.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

I might do that rabbit I might just don't let my italian mother know i am making someone elses sauce...

TH


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danieliuhasz 5 years ago from Romania

KoffeeKlatch Gals, which type of bread do you mean by Italian? Is it that smaller and a little over-made one?


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Tom, don't ever tell your mother you are trying someone else's recipe. It's telling her you have a "death" wish.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

daniel, I think what you are describing is the french bread. The Italian bread is broader and generally sold, as is French bread, unsliced. Actually, either bread would be good. Just tear off a hunk of the bread and dredge it through a bowl of sauce, make sure you top with meat and enjoy.


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

I love trying new recipes. I will definately try this one. Thanks.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Suzy, let me know how you like it. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.


mazzastick 5 years ago

I will have to try your recipe, I always make my sauce from scratch as well. I do use canned diced tomatoes though.Sausage is a must have item in any spaghetti sauce recipe.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

mazzastick I use canned diced tomatoes every now and then, when I'm in a hurry. They work out great. I agree, you have to have the sausage, it adds that extra something special.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I fix spaghetti often for my family,out of a jar,this looks much tastier though. I have never made it from scratch,but I am willing to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.Awesome recipe.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Every young person should have an "Aunt Bea" in their life! Thanks for sharing her wonderful recipe and some of your memories.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Rhonda, It is delicious. It may take longer to make but it's well worth it. Let me know how you like it.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Great hub, KoffeeKlatch Gals! I was getting hungry as I was reading, as if I could smell what you and your Aunt were making. I love a good spaghetti sauce, and I make it every week almost. Its just a staple at our house, and I look forward to trying your recipe here. What a treasure to share with others, thank you!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

RTalloni, I agree. My Aunt Bea was the most important adult in my life, she taught me how to trust an adult as a child and how to raise my own daughters as an adult.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

oceansunsets, everytime I smell spaghetti sauce it brings back such wonderful memories. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know how you like it.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Spaghetti is my favorite food. I like your recipes. It looks delicious. But I'll replace the pork with chicken meat. Thanks for writing this. You made me hungry, my friend. Good work. Vote up as always. Take care!

Love and peace, prasetio


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Presetio, chicken works too. Basically you can add any meat that you like. Spaghetti is also my favorite food. I think it must have something to do with the time I spent making it with my aunt.


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KimberlyAnn26 5 years ago

Great Hub. This recipe for spaghetti sauce sounds amazing! I love how you can freeze it for a later use too! I am going to have to write this one down and try it out. I am Italian so I do eat spaghetti alot!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

KimerlyAnn, it is delicious and quite filling. Let me know how you like it.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Now I feel like such a bum. Although I cook most food from scratch, I usually make our spaghetti dinners quick ones and use sauce from a jar. Must make the real thing soon!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Delores, believe me I do not make sauce from scratch every time I make sauace. I do make it 4 or 5 times a year this way, make extra and freeze it. I've seen your hubs, you're no slouch.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Thanks for the great recipe. It sounds delish! I especially like the tip on freezing the sauce. Can't wait to try it. Rated up and useful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tokonwinfo, please let me know how you like it. Thanks for the rating.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have also made homemade spaghetti sauce for years although once in a while a doctored up one from a jar serves the purpose. Thanks for sharing this recipe and heart-warming story of your special memories of your beloved Aunt Bea. Am sure she would have loved your girls!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy, I know she would have been proud of them. She wa a remarkable woman, I guess I was her honorary daughter. There's something about the aroma of cooking spaghetti sauce that just seems to bring back memories.


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yesitsushere 5 years ago from Atlanta

Now that's good eating! That way I can have the sauce ready for those late night lite muchie.

Thanks for sharing


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

yesitsushere, I like my sauce thick and meaty, I guess you can tell. I'm glad you liked the recipe.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

This sounds good. I had an Aunt Bea too and boy could she cook. Voted up on your hub.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

moonlake, thanks. There must be something special about Aunt Beas.

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