Spaghetti Sauce, Inspired by Olive Garden

Spaghetti Sauce, Inspired by Olive Garden

By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in her self-published cookbook, The Great Imitator’s Cookbook (Secret Recipes, Marysville, MI; Oct. 1999, p. 22)


2-lbs. ground round

2 TB oil

14-oz. can stewed tomatoes, cut up

6-oz. can V-8 juice

1-lb. jar Prego [Traditional] Spaghetti Sauce

1 envelope onion soup mix

1/2 cup grape jelly


In a heavy, medium-size sauce pan, on medium heat, brown the ground round in the oil. until all the pink color disappears, crumbling it to rice-size bits with the tines of a fork. Stir in remaining ingredients as listed. Continue cooking, stirring often, 15-20 minutes – or until jelly has melted and sauce is piping hot. Sufficient for 1-lb. pasta, cooked. Serves 4 to 6.

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Hi! I'm Laura Emerich and Gloria Pitzer, the ORIGINAL Secret Recipe Detective, is my mom. This website is lovingly dedicated to her memory and legacy.

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