Do you have a favorite spaghetti sauce recipe? You will after you try this! Trust me!
I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from her mother-in-law (my grandma:), who got it from her mother (my great grandmother:)! That’s not confusing at all is it?!
I tell you that to also tell you that there is a reason that it has made it through so many generations: it’s Awesome Sauce! Literally!
It is incredibly easy to make, and you will get tons of compliments on it!
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Ground Lamb Spaghetti Sauce!
Now, if you don’t want to use Lamb you can use any ground meat. I have used ground beef before and ground moose (long story;) in addition to the lamb. And I know that my grandmother’s version was probably made with beef. But my family loves lamb!
Also, the type of lamb that I use might have a slightly different flavor than regular store bought Lamb. My parents raise meat sheep, which is what we use. I know that some varieties have stronger flavors than others and the sheep that they raise have a very mild flavor.
Also, I have a large family, so this recipe makes a LOT! I mean a very full, large pot! Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you feel that it’s too much.
Although I have to wonder how you could ever have too much?! Who doesn’t like left over spaghetti?! Plus, you can freeze any leftovers and have dinner for another night!
You are going to start by browning your ground lamb and onion in a large pot.
After it is browned, if there is lots of grease in the pot then it needs to be strained.
If it’s only a tiny bit I leave it in for flavor:) I find that the ground lamb that I use and grass fed beef tend to be pretty lean, so I usually do not strain it.
Add your tomato sauce to the meat and onions.
Homemade tomato sauce is the best! But if you don’t have access to that, then definitely buy organic and in glass jars if possible.
While the recipe calls for crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, you can use different forms of tomatoes. If you want more tomato pieces you can use diced tomatoes in place of one can of tomato sauce. I have also used sliced stewed tomatoes as well.
It really is just a matter of preference. I like the thickness that the crushed tomatoes and sauce combined lend to the recipe.
Add your red peppers and mushrooms!
The mushrooms are optional. I used to put mushrooms in, but now that I have four kids, I don’t! All of you that have kids will understand why;)
Also, the original recipe calls for green peppers, but I love the flavor and health benefits of the red peppers! I use red peppers in anything that calls for green peppers!
Also, if you have kids, the red peppers blend in with the sauce so that they can’t even tell the difference between the red peppers and the tomatoes!
Add the seasoning! Now is the time to add your salt, pepper, garlic powder (or chopped fresh garlic) and Italian seasoning.
Start by adding smaller amounts and taste it to make sure that you are happy with the flavor.
You can use either garlic powder or chopped garlic. For convenience sake, I use garlic powder!
Also, my family loves garlic, so if you feel that this is too much garlic for you then adjust the amount according to your taste.
If you are out of Italian seasoning you can use equal parts basil and oregano in its place with great results.
Bring your sauce to a gentle boil for about 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat and simmer for at least an hour or for most of the day if you would like. The longer it simmers the better the flavors will be:)
I usually make my sauce in the late morning and then simmer for the rest of the day. But, I have also made this about an hour or so before dinner and it was still delicious!
And that’s it! Serve your yummy sauce over the noodles of your choice and enjoy!
I hope that you love this recipe as much as my family does! Be sure to let me know how much your family loves it and I will pass it on to my mom and grandma:) Enjoy!
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Ground Lamb Spaghetti Sauce
Your new favorite spaghetti sauce! Passed down generations, this sauce is the real deal!
Super yummy, super easy to make:)