Mom’s Polish Spaghetti Sauce

Ok, so here we go for round two. I’m going to share a quick easy weeknight meal that I grew up on.  I wasn’t sure if I should call this mom’s Polish spaghetti or mom’s spaghetti. Here’s why:  After getting married I was missing some of my mom’s comfort foods. My wife asked my mom for her spaghetti sauce recipe so that she could make it for me. My mom wrote the ingredients down on a 3×5 card and said “now this is Polish spaghetti sauce”. I laughed and said to my mom that just because she was Polish didn’t make it Polish spaghetti sauce. Then I started thinking. Well,  she is Polish, it is her original recipe, and it is spaghetti sauce so maybe it is Polish spaghetti sauce.  This is a quick, easy, hearty, and delicious sauce with a short simmer time and flavorful results. Growing up we never had fancy cheese in the house. We did however always have the pre grated parmesan cheese in the green can with all of it’s added anti caking agent goodness. In her honor and that of my childhood I made it with the cheese I grew up on for this blog. I do however recommend a good block parmesan or parmesan reggiano so that you aren’t eating additives that keep the cheese from caking up. Mom always serves this over mostaccioli noodles.


1 onion

1/2 green bell pepper

1 to 2 garlic cloves.

1lb ground beef (I use 4% lauras lean)

1 can stewed tomatoes (I used basil, garlic, and oregano), chopped or pureed

1- 6 ounce can of tomato paste plus 1/2 can water

1 small can of tomato juice

1 TBSP worcestershire sauce

1 TBSP brown sugar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano (dried)

1/2 tsp basil (dried)

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp Onion salt


Place chopped onion and green pepper in a tall sided saute pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and saute for a few minutes. Add minced garlic and saute for a few minutes more. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain fat from pan if desired (if using Laura’s lean I leave it in).  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 20 minutes, longer if desired. This sauce thickens quickly so keep an eye on it stirring regularly. Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy with garlic bread.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris John on July 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Ken, I made your Mom’s Polish Spaghetti Sauce, it was delicious. Looking forward to trying your other recipes.


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