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Mom's Sunday Spaghetti and Garlic Bread Recipe

Updated on March 4, 2015
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Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director, having written over 40 plays, one of them performing at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Sunday Spaghetti at the Curry's

We had a lot of company. All the time. Especially on the weekends. Often, when we had company on the weekends, we never quite knew when they were leaving. In fact, a lot of times, we knew they weren't about to leave until being asked to join us for Sunday dinner. See, the smell in the house was too good to leave.

Mom would start the sauce simmering about 2:30 in the afternoon. By 5:00, if the weather was warm and the windows were open, we'd have a neighbor or two, and maybe one of my brother Johnny's friends, dropping by, hanging around making small talk, waiting for the invitation. Of course, it was always offered. Spaghetti night- Enough for our family, plus anyone else. This is a holdover from my Dad's military days, when a stray soldier or visiting foreigner would come home with Dad. There was always enough for everyone. Spaghetti and loaves of garlic bread. Mom's special garlic bread.

These days, I am the stray wanderer with my own little family, coming over to the house once in a while, on Sundays, to see if it is cooking on the stove. I now know what our friends felt, when they walked in the door to that aroma. It is true. It is hard to leave. You do want to stay until the last minute, before she calls to everyone to "come get your salad", hoping that when she does, there are extra plates at the table. Of course, there are. And we all sit, scrunched up and happy together around the family table, having Sunday Spaghetti with the Curry's.

spaghetti ingredients
spaghetti ingredients

Mom's Sunday Spaghetti


2 Large Cans Tomato Sauce

1 Can Diced Tomatoes

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 TBS fresh parsley, chopped

2 tsp basil

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tsp or so of sugar

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 lb. ground meat

2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

About 20 slices pepperoni

Sunday Spaghetti
Sunday Spaghetti


In a dutch oven, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is brown. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add oregano, parsley, basil, pepper and sugar. Stir. Add mushrooms and pepperoni. Cover and slow simmer at least an hour, keeping in mind that the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

Meanwhile, when you are close to serving dinner, start on the garlic bread.

garlic bread
garlic bread

Amazing Garlic Bread


1 loaf Italian Bread

Margarine or butter

Garlic Salt

Parmesan Cheese

Slice loaf in half. Generously butter each half. Sprinkle garlic salt over the butter, then lightly sprinkly Parmesan cheese over all. Place on pan and put under broiler until butter melts and bread begins to brown. Slice and serve with salad and spaghetti.

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Where Did That Recipe Come From?

If you like the stories and/or the recipes, I'd sure like to hear. Do you have family stories associated with some of your own recipes? Whenever I ask someone for their favorite recipe, they seem to always have a story about it, where it came from and who used to cook it.


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    • malena10 profile image

      malena10 5 years ago

      Mmmm, spaghetti, tasty!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't have any stories to share at this time. But, this is a great lens. God bless!

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      Your mom's spaghetti recipe looks so delicious, with garlic bread, yummy! I might make spaghetti for dinner tonight. Thanks!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      The recipe sounds delicious. I use home-canned tomatoes in my sauce. When I'm canning tomatoes I always do a few jars of sauce. It makes it faster and easier to get up a meal for unexpected company.

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      My mother-in-law put pepperoni into her spaghetti sauce. I never liked it, but have actually started doing that in my own recently. I mince it so that it just melts into the sauce. I guess that preferences change as time goes by. Thanks for this page.

      -Art Haule

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      I have quite a few recipes, through years of working as a chef. I suspect this may have come from my mom, for she is an amazing cook. BTW, sliced pepperoni in spaghetti sauce, I've not heard of that, I will have to try that sometime.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Love to read lenses about families and family traditions and recipes. Nice lens.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Your sauce recipe looks delicious! =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      mmmm, spaghetti