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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with a Slow Simmered Meat Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef 93/7
  • 2 turkey Italian sausages removed from casing
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion diced
  • 3 small carrots diced
  • 1 cup of roasted bell pepper diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes more if you want it extra spicy
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 29 oz can of whole tomatoes crushed with an immersion blender
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano chopped
  • 8 oz whole wheat spaghetti cooked per instructions
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef, turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings, and the onion. Cook, stirring often to crumble the beef and sausage, for 4-5 minutes. Add the carrots, roasted bell pepper, garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the beef stock, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and the tomato sauce to the beef mixture as well as the sugar. Stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and place into the oven for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Skim the surface for any fat. Add the chopped basil and oregano then taste and re-season if needed. Cook the spaghetti noodles per instructions, drain. Serve the sauce on top of the spaghetti then top with Parmesan and fresh parsley if desired.