Mom’s Spaghetti


This Discover Cooking with California Olive Oil Recipe Contest submission is a recipe that creator, Kelly Green of We Olive Paso Robles, began making for her family about 20 years ago. She says:

“It’s one of the many recipes that I make on my own, no recipe to follow. This is honestly the first time I have ever written this down. My daughter was with me when I made this, thankfully, as she kept reminding me to stop and measure out the ingredients as I added them. We made it again the next weekend to test my written recipe, turned out wonderful.”

Serves 7

  • 2 tbsp We Olive Mission Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 26.46 oz boxes Pomi strained tomatoes
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Parmesan cheese rind, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Large pot boiling water
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp We Olive Mission Olive Oil
  • 2 lbs spaghetti

1. In a medium sauté pan, cook the ground beef and sausage over medium heat until browned, about 10 – 12 minutes. Add salt to the meat mixture, to taste.
2. In a medium stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and salt (to taste), and cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the tomato paste and cook another 3 minutes. Add the strained tomatoes, diced tomatoes, ½ cup water, sugar, parsley and Italian seasoning.
3. Drain the meat mixture and add to your sauce.
4. Add salt to taste. If you choose to add a Parmesan rind to your sauce, do so now. Be sure to pull this out prior to serving.
5. Simmer the sauce for 2 hours over low heat.
6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and olive oil to the water. Add the spaghetti and cook for 12 minutes.
7. We like to serve separately and allow family to add as much sauce as they like to their pasta. Top with shaved or grated Parmesan cheese.

Kelly’s notes: You can use another brand of strained or pureed tomatoes but, I highly recommend the Pomi brand, delicious. You can find it in specialty stores. I buy mine from Star Market in Salinas, CA. This recipe will serve 6 – 8. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family do. My granddaughter is the newest addition to our family. She’s 19 months, she loves it too.

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