Mom's Memory Maker Spaghetti Sauce

Lessons are learned in the kitchen. Sometimes they are about math and science. Other times about culture and geography. When I was a kid, I remember helping my mom in the kitchen. She taught me to measure ingredients which sharpened math skills. And as she made recipes passed down from her Italian ancestors she taught me about culture and history.

There are many meals my mom made that I love to reinterpret today. One of my favorites is a true "memory maker." I use that term when the flavors and smells elicit an emotional response. For me, mom's pasta sauce is a memory maker. She would start the sauce early in the day and let it simmer on the stove. We would walk in from school and, mummm, I still remember the smell of garlic, herbs, and tomatoes stewing away. I want to share this memory maker so that you can use it with your family. It has origins in our family's Italian roots, but you can choose to make it your own by added in other ingredients or swapping out the ground beef for a low-fat meat of your choosing.

Mom's recipe in her handwriting


1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

6 paste cans of water

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tablespoon Italian spice

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 dried thyme

1/2 tsp brown sugar

Salt and pepper as needed

1 pound low fat beef (could substitute ground chicken, pork, or turkey)


In a deep pot brown meat. Add to meat tomatoes, paste, garlic, dried spices, and sugar. Stir to combine.

Simmer over low heat for several hour; or cook on med heat for 30 minutes. Serve over al dente pasta.

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