Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

by Jennifer Wieland
Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti



As a mom I absolutely love cooking for my family but what I love even more than that is every chance I get to cook with my kids. Spending time with them while having the chance to create precious memories and great food is something I will treasure for always and that I hope they will too. For my Mother’s Day dinner this year I wanted pasta and my two youngest boys have been really into cooking lately. They want me to show them how to cook and bake everything that I make. I love that they are learning a new life skill, improving their math skills and learning the science behind food all at the same time. So this afternoon we made my favorite Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti.

Spicy Meat Sauce

This sauce has been an evolution over the years. It’s taken me playing around, experimenting and trial and error until it’s become what it is now. Making this sauce is just a few simple steps and so worth the effort. Both my husband and I love our pasta to have a little heat to it while still being edible for the kids. I know to a lot of people making your own sauce seems intimidating but it’s really easy to do and this recipe makes enough for 2-3 meals depending on the size of your family.

Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

My boys were so proud of how well their effort came together today! As their mom I love being able to pass down stuff I love to them so that someday they can share these recipes with their families. Traditions like this are what makes being a mom so special!

Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

Spicy Meat Sauce
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3906 calories
156 g
663 g
304 g
152 g
102 g
2619 g
8892 g
100 g
1 g
182 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3906
Calories from Fat 2736
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 304g
Saturated Fat 102g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Monounsaturated Fat 144g
Cholesterol 663mg
Sodium 8892mg
Total Carbohydrates 156g
Dietary Fiber 28g
Sugars 100g
Protein 152g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 ¾ lbs. Hot Italian sausage, without casing
  3. 1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 oz. Pepperoni slices, quartered
  5. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 6 oz. Cans of tomato paste
  7. 1 15 oz. Can of tomato sauce
  8. 1 28 oz. Can of crushed tomatoes
  9. 1 1/2 c. water
  10. 2 tbsp. Sugar
  11. 1 ½ tsp. Basil
  12. ½ tsp. Fennel
  13. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  14. ½ tsp. Oregano
  15. ½ tsp. Salt
  16. ¼ tsp. Pepper
  17. 1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
  1. Add the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven. Brown the Italian sausage and onion over medium-high heat. Once the meat is almost brown and the onions are turning translucent drain the fat and ad the pepperoni and garlic. Continue stirring frequently so that the pepperoni and garlic do not burn. Cook for a minute or two. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add in the water, sugar and seasonings. Bring the sauce to a boil and then lower the heat to low and cover. Continue to cook on low for 2 hours stirring occasionally. If the sauce thickens up to much add another ½ cup of water.
  2. Use the sauce in your favorite pasta dish or store in air tight containers in your freezer until ready to use. Defrost frozen sauce in the refrigerator overnight and then heat through on the stove.
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If you love a little heat in your meals then this is the meat sauce for your pasta. All you have to do is run into your local Walmart and grab the ingredients to make this sauce and some Barilla® pasta to serve it on and you will have one great meal to share with your loved ones.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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