Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Add a Twist to your Classic Spaghetti Sauce


  • Large Saucepan
  • Fork
  • Large bowl


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 lb (500 g) Italian sausages, mild, hot or a combination
  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 2 (28 oz/796 mL each) cans plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried hot red chili flakes (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and salt; cook stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 min.
  2. Remove sausages from casings and add to pan along with ground beef. Use a fork to break up meat; stir continously over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 min. Add milk.
  3. Gently boil, uncovered, stiring occasionally for 5 min. 
  4. Add tomatoes, mashing with a potato masher to break them up. Add parsley and chili flakes, if using mild sausage.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally 30 min or until thickness desired. 
Cooking Tip: When cooking pasta, use a big pot, salt water generously and don’t add oil to the water.