• Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

    by Christin Mahrlig on May 4, 2014

    in Main Dishes

    Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

    Italian meat sauce flavored with all kinds of spices makes an easy and delicious weeknight meal with plenty of leftovers. This sauce has a little of just about every spice in the spice rack. But just a little. The taste isn’t overpowering at all. It actually tastes a little like Cincinnati Chili.

    Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

    Chili powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, a bay leaf, allspice, oregano, and red pepper flakes all simmer together for 90 minutes along with some ground beef and ground pork to make an extra thick and fully flavored meat sauce.

    Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

    Serve with some spaghetti and Parmesan cheese for a family meal everyone will come to the table for.

    We had such a great weekend. Perfectly warm and sunny weather and Chase went to his prom with the sweetest, most beautiful girl. Wish I could show a picture of them together, but she might not appreciate having her prom pictures all over the internet.

    So instead a picture of Chase with me.

    I just love how happy he looks and am amazed at how grown-up my baby boy is. His hair is still growing in after his chemo and it is much lighter and finer than before. It feels like velvet. I’m so hoping it stays that way.

    Hope everyone has a lovely week :)

    Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

    Spiced Spaghetti Sauce
    A slow-simmered spaghetti sauce deliciously flavored with a wide variety of spices.
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Serves: 8
    • 2 pounds lean ground beef
    • ½ pound ground pork
    • 4 cups diced onion
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
    • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
    • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon chili powder
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • ¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
    • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
    1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and pork. Drain and set aside. Wipe skillet clean. (You can use a Dutch oven instead of a skillet.)
    2. Add oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Sauté onions for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
    3. Add remaining ingredients and return cooked meat to skillet. Stir everything together well and cook over low heat for 1½ hours.
    If sauce gets too thick for your liking, this with some water.



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    Monica May 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    What a great picture of you and your son. I’m so glad to see he’s so happy and strong! Sounds like a wonderful time at prom. And this spaghetti! Get me a fork, please!!


    Amy @ Elephant Eats May 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Wow, I could totally go for a bowl of this right now…never mind that it’s 10:30am. I’ve been craving pasta and sauce since I got pregnant and could eat it for every meal. And I haven’t had a good meat sauce in so long!!!


    Kelly May 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Aaw, I love the photo of you and Chase – so happy to hear he enjoyed prom night :) This sauce sounds great – I love some heat in spaghetti sauce and yours looks fantastic!


    Allen Vergakis May 6, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Lovely couple and a lovely dish.


    Matt @ Runner Savvy May 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This looks delicious!


    whatjessicabakednext May 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This looks great! Definitely fancy a bowlful of this for dinner!


    Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com May 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I love the last photograph of the sauce. And what a cute photo of you and your son.


    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I am so glad to see that Chase enjoyed his prom. You two look great! I love a little kick to my spaghetti sauce and I love that this one taste like Cincinnati chili. Plus, it is so thick, just how I like it!


    Christin Mahrlig May 6, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Thanks Ashley! The thicker the better in my opinion!


    Shashi May 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Loving the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg along with the other spices into this sauce!

    Your son does look so happy – beautiful mother son photo!


    Christin Mahrlig May 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Thank you Shashi! :)


    Medeja May 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I like such spaghetti sauce.. I would have a little bit of spaghetti and a lot of that sauce.. :) yummy!
    Btw, is that your son? You look like sister and brother! :)


    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

    That’s the way I like it too Medeja- just a little spaghetti and a lot of sauce! That is my son. He just turned 17 and people always think he’s much older.


    Medeja May 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Nooo.. he doesn’t look older than he is :) You just look very young :)


    Amy (Savory Moments) May 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I’m glad your son enjoyed his prom! Your sauce looks great – a really different change-up to spaghetti sauce!


    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Amy! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)


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