It’s been almost exactly two years to the day since I first shared this recipe on the blog which is a good indicator that this is the perfect comfort food in my book. This is a recipe from the earlier days of blogging in need of a face lift so I figured now would be a good time to reintroduce you all to this super simple and delicious spaghetti. My mom has been making this recipe for our family since I was a little girl and to this day it’s still one of my most favorite meals. I can recall walking into my parents house as a little girl and the aroma that would fill the air as this sauce simmered on the stove for hours. Now as I make it for my family it continues to give me that feeling of comfort and I can’t help but think about the hundreds of times I’ve requested this meal to my mom over the years. Of course she always delivers knowing how much I love it and now that her grandkids love it equally as much she continues to share that love.

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There really isn’t anything fancy or mind-blowing about this sauce as its simple and easy to throw together. In fact the recipe calls for you to use your favorite jar of marinara sauce and you simply doctor it up with a few other ingredients. I like to choose jars of marinara that use only a few simple ingredients, like the Alessi all natural brand. (This is not a sponsored post I just really like the ingredient list and the taste of Alessi sauces).

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I tried to measure out the ingredients as I went but like most sauces you add as you go and alter the ingredients to your liking. I’ve used ground turkey and lean ground beef for this recipe and both work really well.The sauce is best when it can simmer for a while to allow the flavors to marinate together. So sit back and relax while the sauce works it’s magic.

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
 
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Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 2- 24oz. jars all natural marinara sauce (I used Alessi)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1- 8oz container sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles, cooked
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add in the chopped onion, allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Add in the ground turkey, cooking until the meat is browned. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large pot pour in the marinara sauce, mushrooms, basil, oregano, Worcestershire sauce salt and pepper. Add in the cooked ground meat.
  3. Allow the sauce to simmer for an 1½ to 2 hours (longer if you can), stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust spices as needed.The longer the sauce simmers the better it will taste.
  4. Add sauce over whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Top with Parmesan cheese (optional).