Spaghetti with 3 Meat Sauce

 My mom always made a huge batch of this sauce growing up and it was always a family favorite as the smells simmering on the stove all day made us all so hungry!  She got her sauce recipe from an Italian man she used to work with and while the sauce was yummy we all agreed that what really made it spectacular was all the different kinds of meat she put in there.

Her sauce recipe is one I have yet to actually get from her so I improvise using our favorite jarred sauce.  Whenever I make this meal it's usually for a party or a large crowd so the recipe makes a lot but you can easily whittle it down or freeze 1/2 for a second meal at a later date. 

It's so easy!


2 jars spaghetti sauce (whatever kind your family prefers)

1 package sweet Italian sausage

12 meatballs (I have used homemade and premade before; whatever you prefer)

2 sticks of pepperoni with the skin peeled off and cut into large 2" chunks

2 boxes thin spaghetti

4 Tablespoon butter

In a large saucepan, I begin browning the Italian sausage.  I usually cut them in 1/2 so we and up with a good 12 pieces of sausage.  I don't worry about cooking them completely though as I know they'll continue continue cooking in the sauce all day. 

While the sausage is browning I prepare the pepperoni.  Then I place all three kinds of meat and the sauce into my large crock pot and let it cook on low all day long.  The longer the better.  I usually start cooking it around 6:30/7 in the morning and we eat around 5:30/ 6 at night.  

About 15 minutes before serving I cook up 2 boxes of spaghetti according to the package directions.  I give the crock pot a good stir to make sure any juices from the meat have been mixed in with the sauce.

 When I drain the pasta I toss it with the butter to prevent it from sticking together and serve hot with the sauce.

Since each chunk of meat is a different size and shape it's usually pretty easy to figure out what's what so pickier eaters can make sure to only take what they like.  

Spaghetti with sauce, 1 meatball, 1/2 a sausage link, and a chunk of pepperoni

It's always a huge hit and for years was our family's Christmas eve dinner tradition.  

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  1. Sounds yummy! Bet all of your men love this :)

  2. This looks so good! I love the idea of putting pepperoni in there! My Momma makes spaghetti often for Sunday dinner and it's always one of my favorite things she makes! I could eat it every week!

    1. It adds a bit of spice to the sauce that we all enjoy.

  3. My boys love spaghetti. Yummm!

    Happy Tuesday, Joanne!

  4. Yum! This does sound so good. I never thought of using both sausage and meatballs. x

  5. Sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I found one recently that had Italian sausage and gnocci. It is my new favourite. Enjoy the rest of your week, stay safe, and thank you for visiting my blog this week.

  6. Wow Joanne, this looks so good and a meat sauce recipe I know my husband would love. I will have to make this sometime for dinner.

  7. That looks so good, Joanne. I put sausage in my spaghetti, too, but have never tried pepperoni!

    1. It adds a delicious little spicy kick to the sauce.

  8. This sounds wonderful! Pasta is one of my favorites. Never thought to put pepperoni in with the sauce when cooking. Great idea!


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