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American Beauty Spaghetti Sauce Copycat Recipe

American Beauty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

American beauty spaghetti sauce is a classic Italian-American dish that has become a cherished favorite in many households.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 286kcal


  • Skillet or saucepan
  • Cooking pot for boiling spaghetti
  • Stirring utensil


  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves sourced from an authentic Italian herb blend.
  • 1/2 can 3 oz of Italian-imported tomato paste, for a concentrated depth of taste.
  • 1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef lean and finely minced for a flavorful base.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt adding mineral richness.
  • Garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired, for a nutty, savory finish
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley adding vibrant color and a hint of freshness.
  • 1/4 cup sweet Vidalia onion finely chopped for a mild yet distinct taste.
  • 1 can 14 oz vine-ripened crushed tomatoes, bursting with rich, sun-ripened flavor.
  • 8 oz American Beauty Thin Spaghetti preferably made from durum wheat semolina for a hearty texture.
  • 1/2 garlic clove freshly minced (you might need to estimate this) for a subtle aromatic essence.
  • 1/2 cup purified water to balance and meld the flavors.
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic cane sugar to delicately balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • A pinch about 1/16 teaspoon of freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper, for a subtle spicy kick.


Prepare Spaghetti:

  • Cook the American Beauty Thin Spaghetti according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain and set aside.

Cook Ground Beef and Onions:

  • In a skillet or saucepan over medium heat, cook the finely minced grass-fed ground beef with the finely chopped sweet Vidalia onion until the beef is browned and the onions are translucent.

Add Garlic and Tomatoes:

  • Add the freshly minced garlic to the beef and onion mixture, and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the vine-ripened crushed tomatoes, purified water, and Italian-imported tomato paste. Mix well to combine.

Season and Simmer:

  • Add the freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, organic cane sugar, dried basil leaves, Himalayan pink salt, and freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper to the sauce. Stir to incorporate the seasonings.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.


  • Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency and flavors have melded, serve it over the cooked American Beauty Thin Spaghetti.
  • Optionally, garnish each serving with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for a nutty, savory finish.


• Use fresh herbs for best flavor. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can use dried herbs, but the flavor won’t be as intense.
• To save time, you can use canned tomatoes instead of fresh. Just make sure to drain them well before adding them to the sauce.
• You can adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding more or less water. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.
• If you like a more acidic flavor, you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice.
• Adding a splash of red wine or a tablespoon of tomato paste can help to deepen the flavor of the sauce.
• If you like a spicy sauce, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a teaspoon of hot sauce.
• To make the sauce richer, you can add a tablespoon or two of butter or cream.
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