Recipe Details

Quick Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


8 ounces ground pork
4 ounces Italian pork sausage
1 7-oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspooon garlic, minced (1 clove)
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 10 3/4-ounce can tomato puree
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/4 cup dry red wine, OR water
Cooked spaghetti, hot
Parsley sprigs, fresh
Grated Parmesan cheese, (optional)

Cooking Directions

Combine pork, sausage, sweet peppers, onion, and garlic in a heavy, large covered saucepan; cook until pork and sausage are brown, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon. Drain off fat. Stir in tomatoes, tomato puree, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Stir in wine or water. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti. If desired, garnish with parsley sprigs. If desired, serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4 to 6.

Serving Suggestions

Who needs sauce in a jar? This simple sauce is easy to create and spices can be adjusted for your family's tastes. Serve over hot pasta.  Complete the meal with a mixed greens salad and garlic bread.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 383 calories
Protein: 21 grams
Fat: 13 grams
Sodium: 1464 milligrams
Cholesterol: 49 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 42 grams
Fiber: 8 grams

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About the Cut: Ground Pork

Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat. 

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About the Cooking Method: Braising

1. Coat meat lightly with seasoned flour, if desired.
2. In a large, heavy pan with lid, brown meat on all sides in a small amount of oil; remove excess drippings from pan.
3. Cover meat with desired liquid(s).
4. Cover pan and simmer over low heat on stove or in a low to moderate (275 to 300 degrees F.) oven for 1 to 3 hours, until tender.
5. If adding vegetables, add toward end of cooking time, during the last 20 to 45 minutes.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Originally sealed, prepacked ground pork will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer before cooking it, store it well wrapped in the freezer. Cooked leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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Butcher's Tips

To make a ground pork patty gently mix ground pork with desired seasonings, and then separate into individual amounts for each burger. Using both hands, shape the ground pork into circular patties about three quarters of an inch in thickness. Then, fry or grill your handmade creations for all to enjoy!

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