Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
2 Hours 40 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Our spaghetti sauce recipe receives 5-star reviews for its slow-simmering authentic flavor. Pair it with your favorite pasta and warm breadsticks on the side.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove casings from sausage, and discard. Cook sausage and ground beef in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat 6 minutes, stirring until meat crumbles. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 4 minutes or until beef and sausage are no longer pink. Drain and set aside. Wipe skillet clean.

Step 2

Combine sauce and next 7 ingredients in skillet or Dutch oven; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Add sausage mixture and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour and 30 minutes or until mixture thickens. Serve over linguine; sprinkle with cheese. Serve with breadsticks, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

LilyCamden's Review

June 05, 2013
This has been a huge hit in my family. This is my go-to recipe for big family events or whenever someone needs a meal. It also freezes very well.

stacey4808's Review

February 05, 2012
I made this exactly as stated with the slight change of using turkey Italian sausage. This was outstanding and my wife totally flipped. Used only 1/4 tsp of red pepper to keep the heat down for her and my daughter and the sauce didn't miss a beat. Served this with steamed asparagus drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I did use linguine and think it is the right choice. Spaghetti would be fine but I think a wider noodle is better.

NutsinNormal's Review

January 26, 2009
I really liked the flavors of this sauce-- rich and aromatic, but not too sweet. I didn't have ground beef on hand, so I used sausage only, halving the remaining ingredients. The only change I made was to throw in some pesto from the freezer for a little extra flavor. This one's a winner!

Honesty is the best policy

October 17, 2016
this is anything but authentic. It is done and made completely incorrectly and only a person who knows nothing about this Gravy would like it is all done wrong. It is an American version of a wonderful; meal. Sorry but I know im a Sicilian Chef and happened to see this. No real Italain would like this.


February 25, 2016
This recipe is a nice place to start from, but I made a few changes. I used fresh parsley and basil, replaced half of the water with wine (red or white will do), and instead of cutting the acidity of the sauce with sugar (EEEUW!) I pureed 1/2cup of carrots with the water and wine in the blender. Oh and I quadrupled the garlic.


January 24, 2016
I'm just picky about my spaghetti sauce.  I made it for all the family and we all agreed we have had better. 

DebbieCronin's Review

December 30, 2013

LizzyB26's Review

July 31, 2011
This was a really good sauce! Made it for the guys and they loved it! I have some left over and I am going to make a lasagna with it tomorrow, Hubby can't wait! (I also used one cup of red wine in place of water, YUM!

Hannelize's Review

July 22, 2011
Oh my, is this good! Mine is still cooking on the stove - has about another half hour to go, but I can hardly keep my tasting spoon out of the pot!

ibe1cent's Review

January 14, 2011
This spaghetti sauce was outstanding. I made it for guests without trying it out on my husband first and it was a hit. I've served it several times now for dinner parties and have received numerous requests for the recipe. The recipe also freezes well.