We love spaghetti around here, I spent years in search of the perfect spaghetti sauce. The first time I made this Super Meaty Spaghetti Sauce it was a winner!
We had tried every kind of jarred sauce there is and a bazillion different homemade recipes till I finally hit the nail on the head with this one! While this uses your favorite jarred sauce it’s the combination of meat, mushrooms and allowing the sauce to simmer that puts it over the top.
This recipe makes the house smell amazing and makes enough 3-4 meals, what more could you ask for out of a recipe! Technically I suppose this would fall under the category ‘semi-homemade’. But then, if anybody really wants to argue that technicality they really don’t want to eat my cooking very bad!!
Super Meaty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
When I make this recipe we usually have spaghetti for supper that night. Then I make a 9×12 pan of lasagna for the freezer and put the rest of the sauce in a couple of Ziploc freezer bags. These make for easy spaghetti meals when the kids expect to eat and I haven’t planned ahead!
This sauce is loaded with meat – 4 pounds to be exact! I use jarred sauce and the super-secret ingredient is mushrooms! Why super secret – because 2/3 of my kids hate mushrooms but eat this sauce like it’s going out of style!
Super Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 pounds of ground hamburger
- 2 pounds of ground Italian sausage
- 8-12 ounces of finely diced mushrooms
- 3-4 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
- water to rinse spaghetti jars
- Brown the hamburger and sausage in a large dutch oven or pan
- Once the meat is browned and fully cooked drain it if there is an excess of fat, then add the finely diced mushrooms and continue browning the meat and mushrooms for 5 minutes.
- Add the 3-4 jars of spaghetti sauce depending on the consistency that you like, once you empty the jar put a 1/4 cup of water in the jar put the lid back on and shake to clean the jar out then pour that into the pan as well- do this for all the spaghetti sauce jars-the sauce will simmer and cook out the excess water.
- Stir thoroughly and allow to simmer on extra-low heat stirring occasionally for a couple of hours (the longer the more mingled the flavors get) or put in the crockpot on low for several hours.