My MIL’s spaghetti sauce: Praying I’d get it right.

For those of you who are married, does your husband have a certain dish that his momma made and he still loves?

For my husband, that would be his mother’s spaghetti sauce.

(And her mini cherry cheesecakes.)


Brandon told me last week that he was having a hankering for his mom’s spaghetti sauce. 

I was initially hesitant to make it, for fear that it wouldn’t be quite the same as he remembered.

Because let’s be honest.  Part of the reason we love certain meals are the memories associated with them. 

So if I’m the one making the sauce, would the memories still be there?

But I decided to go for it anyway. 

And I am happy to say that I think my first attempt was a success! Thumbs up

Cheri’s Spaghetti Sauce

(Makes about 6 servings)


  • 2 lbs. ground chuck meat
  • 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 a green pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans Hunt’s tomato sauce (Yes, she is specific about the brand.  So to keep with Brandon’s memories, I used the same brand!)
  • 1 – 12 oz. can Hunt’s tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. dried parsley
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Mueller’s thin spaghetti noodles, for serving


  1. In a large sauté pan, cook ground chuck, onion, and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is browned.  Break up the meat with a wooden spoon while cooking.
  2. After the meat is cooked, drain the mixture.  Then put it in a large pot over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture and stir together.  Then add the tomato sauce and stir.
  4. Add all of the dried seasonings.  Stir together.
  5. Put a lid on the pot, but keep it opened a crack.  Let the mixture simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Refrigerate the mixture overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.  Or let it simmer for 6 hours.
  7. Serve over pasta, with garlic bread and salad!


We thoroughly enjoyed this meal.  And I got to freeze the leftover sauce, so we have a couple of meals saved for when Addie is here! Smile

Thank you, Cheri, for another successful recipe!

Question for ya …

What is the one dish that you remember best from your childhood?

For me, it’s probably my great-grandmother’s noodles.  And my mom made a mean steak!

Ever tried to cook a recipe from your significant other’s childhood?

Thoughts on The Bachelor?

I don’t want to say too much, in case people haven’t watched it yet.  But let’s just say that I was super happy about one girl he got rid of, and SUPER shocked at the other one he let go!  I wasn’t expecting that one at all!

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12 Responses to My MIL’s spaghetti sauce: Praying I’d get it right.

  1. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I kind of spilled the beans in my post about The Bachelor…whoops! Hopefully everyone who reads has already watched it ;) I was pretty happy when the first girl went home, but to be honest, as much as I liked eliminated #2, I can definitely seeSean’s feelings growing for some of the other women more. Can’t wait for next weeks episode! :)

    Love that spaghetti sauce recipe! Sounds delicious!
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  2. Nicole

    I haven’t watched the full episode but did see everyone’s “favorite” drama queen being shipped off in a limo!
    Sauce looks delicious! My dad makes a really great veggie pasta sauce (and pesto, too).
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  3. Lauren

    My husband loves the way his Mom makes Italian meatballs. Being Polish my Mom always makes teeny tiny meatballs. So when I made meatballs the first few times they were miniature- not the big Italian ones. I learned my lesson after hearing “This isn’t how my Mom used to make them”…now they are much larger lol.
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  4. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    Yay! Glad it turned out well! Spaghetti sauce is always a great thing to freeze and have on hand for quick meals. Cody’s mom does NOT cook, so fortunately he doesn’t have very high expectations when it comes to cooking. Haha.
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  5. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I was totally shocked at him letting the second girl go. It kind of made sense after their date…but still I was surprised. Does it come down to two girls at the end or three? I think its gonna be Ashlee and Desi…he seems to have the most chemistry with them. Can’t wait for next week!!
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  6. amy @ fearless homemaker

    My husband has a few dishes of his mom’s that he loooooves but I either don’t know how to make, or am too lazy to do so. Ha! Luckily, they only live 15 minutes away, so whenever we do a big family dinner, she makes one of those dishes that he loves. =) And yes, I was sooo happy that you-know-who went home on The Bachelor!!
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  7. Jessie

    The one dish I remember from my childhood would be my moms lasagna. It’s like heaven in your mouth…. yup it’s 7:30 in the morning, but I am totally craving it now.
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  8. Kat

    This is awesome!! I remember the 1st time I made my moms goulash. I was so proud of myself!
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  9. Amy

    Im trying this recipe today! Smells yummy– ThAnks for sharing :)

  10. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

    Peace out T the Terrorist…you won’t be missed! I especially like the sob story she told Sean about her old boyfriend who died is the one she is engaged to.

    I was sad about the one who left the rose ceremony, she was my favorite :(
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  11. cheri

    You are simply just toooooo cute! Just think…there’s going to be things you do for Addie that she’ll carry on to the next generation too. It’s a beautiful thing :-)

  12. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I don’t have any pressure of a mother (or other) in law’s recipe to compete with, but I have tried to cook a number of childhood family favorites, and I am happy to say I’ve had some good success. The one recipe I haven’t tackled is my dad’s chili. I know it is easy, and unfussy, and definitely NOT difficult, but I know it just won’t taste the same. [I do think I could do without the inevitably burnt 'cheese bread' on the side though. ;) ]
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