Grandma Pat’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Grandma Pat's Secret Spaghetti Sauce


  • 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 whole garlic clove
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 1/2 – 2 large cans whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 – 2 cans (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

In large saucepan, heat oil and slowly sauté onion, celery and garlic. Garlic should be flattened with the blunt edge of a large kitchen knife. Sauté slowly over low heat, about 10 minutes, making sure onion is translucent. Add ground beef and ground pork and brown lightly, breaking up clumps. Skim fat from mixture. Chop plum tomatoes lightly in blender. Add to the meat along with the remaining ingredients. Add tomato paste. Simmer slowly for one hour in covered saucepan. Remove parsley sprigs prior to serving. Serve freshly grated parmesan on the side.

Paleo/Whole30 version: There is a certain magic to doing this recipe exactly as it is, but to make a different version that is Whole30 compliant, remove the sugar and double the tomato paste. It won’t be the same, but it will still be a very good Paleo sauce.

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