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Ma Susu's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Catherine McCord of Weelicious shared with us her Momma Susan's spaghetti recipe and we'll tell you right now that it's already in our meal rotations!

Ma Susu's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Why it's on our list

Food Network star, cookbook author and Weelicious founder, Catherine McCord sat down with us to chat about favorite recipes from her childhood, many of which are the inspiration behind her ultra successful food blog, Weelicious. She recalls her moms's spaghetti as one of her favorite childhood recipes and one her own kids ask for, today.

It's a wholesome and nutritious meal that nourishes both body and soul. With its generous serving of vegetables, it's a guilt-free indulgence that parents can feel good about serving to their families.


  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Green bell pepper

  • Olive oil

  • Lean ground turkey

  • Tomato paste

  • Canned chopped tomatoes, in juice

  • Water

  • Salt & Pepper


Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté for 5 minutes.

Add the ground turkey, and use a spoon to break into small pieces. Cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes Add the ground turkey, and use a spoon to break into small pieces. Cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the can of tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, water, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until sauce is thickened.

Toss with cooked spaghetti noodles or pasta of choice. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired.

Catherine's Tips For Success!

1. Don’t skimp on the sautéing step! Cooking the onions, garlic, and bell pepper until they’re soft and fragrant helps to develop the flavor base of the sauce.

2. Consider making a double batch of sauce and freezing half for future use! Having homemade sauce on hand can be a real time-saver on busy nights. Freezing and storage instructions are below.

3. Feel free to experiment with ingredient substitutions to suit your dietary preferences or what you have on hand in your pantry. For instance, you can use ground beef instead of turkey or gluten-free pasta or crushed tomatoes instead of chopped or diced tomatoes. 

Recipe courtesy of Catherine McCord, Weelicious


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