The Adventures of Cooking: Busy Moms Homemade Spaghetti Pizza Sauce

Over the past years, I’ve experimented with a lot of recipes. Having four children with different taste buds is always a challenge for a parent. Wouldn’t you agree?  One likes certain foods that others may not. I always try recipes in different ways so that my children can taste certain foods in other ways that they may come to like. I never try and force them to eat it but I do ask that they try. A big part of them trying the food is helping in the kitchen. If your children help you in the kitchen, and prepare the food, you may see that they will try something that they have had a hand in making. It’s rewarding to them. They get excited. Children show enthusiam when they’ve done something fun and talk about it for days. Make it a fun experience in the kitchen!

This recipe for Moms Spaghetti Sauce is experimenting with different vegtables. I used bell pepper and carrots in this recipe to add flavor to my sauce and to let my children try foods in new ways. Sometimes I add Zucchini to the recipe if I have it on hand.



  • 5 cups stewed Italian tomatoes
  • 1pound ground meat
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 Tablespoons green pepper diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 small cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Merlot wine


  1. In a skillet, over medium heat, cook ground meat and sausage in olive oil until well browned. Remove with slotted spoon and drain meat on a paper towel. Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of drippings from skillet. In hot drippings,add minced yellow onion. Cook until the onion is translucent. Remove from heat. in a stock pot, add meat and sausage mixture, onions and the remainder of ingredients. Simmer for 3-4 hours. Are you a garlic lover, add full cloves of garlic for a delicious taste and find the full cloves while eating! Do you like mushrooms? Add them too. Go ahead and be creative, that is what cooking is all about.

This recipe can also be used for making Sloppy Joes. Instead of Merlot wine, add a good amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. So far my taste tests have proven good. This is a darn good sauce!

This is one of many family recipes that will be available in my cookbook coming soon. Please visit again soon or send me an e-mail Noel Chapman to be kept posted on the cookbook release. As always Enjoy the kitchen!


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