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Mom's Spaghetti Sauce (no garlic, low salt)


This is a fantastic recipe my mom taught me when I was 9 or 10, because it's so easy to make, and makes plenty to feed everyone.












Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


1 pound ground beef, extra lean
28 ounces tomatoes, canned, no salt added
whole, diced, or crushed
3 ounces tomato paste
one small can or package
2 large sweet red bell peppers
chopped (green/orange/yellow make nice contrast)
1 large yellow onion
1 cup mushrooms
sliced (prepackaged is fine)
3 stalks celery
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
optional but adds much to flavour
1 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoons italian seasoning
2 large tomatoes
fresh, chopped, (optional)
½ cup carrots
grated fine (optional, extra fiber)
¼ cup green olives
chopped fine (also optional, will increase sodium content if used)


Really you only need the meat, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion and seasoning to make this work if you are low on veggies. This is a very thick sauce and rivals any canned 'chunky' sauce I have ever used, plus sodium/additive content is more controlled vs. commercially prepared sauces.


Chop all vegetables before hand, so it's easier to add in the final stages. I usually just add all of them into a large bowl as I chop just so I'm not keeping everything separate. (less dishes) Open canned tomatoes and paste for quick adding.


Brown Ground beef or turkey on medium high heat until cooked in a large saucepan, Meat should be broken up and crumbly. Drain additional fat (if regular ground beef or pork is used instead)

If no meat is being used, brown veggies in a tablespoon of olive oil, to sear in taste for 5 minutes before adding tomatoes.

Add onions, and celery and brown with the meat for 3 to 4 min until onions are slightly translucent, and celery is bright green.
Then add mushrooms, peppers and carrots (if you desire), cook over medium high heat for another few minutes.

(Usually being the slacker that I am, I add all the chopped veggies in with the browned beef/turkey meat at the same time and just cook for 5 minutes before adding tomatoes)

If crunchier vegetables are desired, add all ingredients except fresh vegetables until the last hour of cooking.

Reduce heat to medium. Pour can of tomatoes (chopped or diced works best, whole is fine too), and mix well with meat and vegetables. Then add can of tomato paste and mix well.

Fresh diced tomatoes can also be added if you have them available. Your sauce should be at a simmer/low boil.

Finally add Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese (Romano works as well) and chopped green olives if desired. Take approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning mix and rub between your hands briskly into sauce (this will release the dried oils in the herbs) Mix well into sauce. I'm not a big fan of garlic so I let the family add their own to taste (as well as salt and pepper.)

Reduce to low heat. Cover and let simmer over low heat for at least one hour, 2 hours is optimal, 3 hours is max (before veggies turn into mush) This makes roughly 4 large portions of sauce or 6 lunch servings. Most times I have enough left to freeze at least one dinner (depending on the volume of vegetables added) Freezes very well and tastes better after a few days in the fridge or freezer for leftovers.

Serve over pasta of your choice. Salt/pepper/garlic powder to personal taste. Top with additional grated cheese if desired and enjoy.

Please rate and review. :)


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Great detailed recipe, can't wait to give it a try.

over 12 years ago


I agree, this is definitely an excellent recipe, offered all the details. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

over 12 years ago

United States

Its great to see a pasta sauce recipe made WITHOUT garlic. Thanks

almost 8 years ago

WARNING: If you have a garlic intolerance or sodium issues, this recipe is misleading and is possibly not healthy for you. Most Worcestershire sauce contains garlic. It can also be high in sodium/salt, as are several of the ingredients: parmesan cheese, olives, and processed tomato paste. Proceed with caution.

almost 5 years ago

Doesn’t Worcestershire sauce have garlic in it?

over 3 years ago

This recipe HAS GARLIC if you use Worcestershire sauce! Extremely important for people like myself who have severe allergies to garlic. Please modify the title.

about 3 years ago

United States

I'm allergic to garlic and onions I was looking for a recipe that I could use with my meatballs. I substituted the onions with fresh fennel it was delicious thank you

4 months ago

Sandy - United States

This recipe does HAVE garlic, Italian seasoning and in the Worcestershire sauce, please be careful especially if you are looking for a recipe like me with a severe garlic allergy

about 2 months ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 247g (8.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15026% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A 48% Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 6% Iron 19%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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