Spaghetti Sauce.  A food that everyone seems to have their versions of.  This is the best spaghetti sauce that I have ever tasted.  It is my nana’s recipe and I have never tasted another remotely like it.  Everyone that has tasted it has enjoyed it and gone back for seconds.  I make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for busy weeknights.  Serve with a salad and big,crusty bread and you have a complete meal.  Nana’s recipe calls for ground beef but you can certainly lighten it up with ground turkey.  And please don’t leave out the Heinz 57 sauce.  It is crucial to the outcome.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce
3 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Heinz 57 steak sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Brown onion and green pepper in a large skillet in a small amount of oil.
  • Add ground beef to the onion and green peppers; cook until brown.
  • Carefully drain the hamburger mixture and return to the skillet.
  • Add the tomato sauce, onion salt, salt, garlic salt, oregano, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Heinz 57 and Italian seasoning.
  • Stir well and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta with garlic bread and a salad.

Chris, yes, Heinz 57 is the secret ingredient. I have made it before omitting it, and it definitely makes a difference when it is not in the sauce. ~Liz


Andrea, I have been known to make a late afternoon run with all kids in tow just to get ingredients to make this sauce. I never seem to have Heinz 57 on hand, because this is the only recipe I make that uses it!


Jenn, I never even knew there was jarred sauce growing up! My nana was the queen on canning back in the day and she had this sauce ready at a moments notice! If only I had the time and patience to do the same…


I grew up with a grandma that never used jarred sauces…there is nothing better than homemade spaghetti sauce! Very interesting ingredients that your Nana used..will have to give this a try!