Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

2 lbs. ground beef (I use 1 lb.)

2  28oz. cans whole tomatoes

2  5 1/2 oz. cans tomato paste

1 large spanish onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

5 cloves of garlic chopped, or 2 tsp. garlic powder

1 medium can of tomato juice

1 can mushroom pieces, drained

2 tsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. marjoram

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. white sugar

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

6 whole cloves or 1/2 tsp. ground cloves


Brown ground beef.  Add onion, garlic, celery, green pepper and cook until softened.  About 5 minutes.  Drain off fat.  Add canned tomatoes (breaking up with spoon or hand), tomato juice, tomato paste and canned mushrooms.  Bring to boil.  Add poultry seasoning, onion powder, marjoram, salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder, cayenne pepper and cloves.  Reduce to simmer.  Let simmer for up to 3 hours.  The longer the better!  This sauce is always better the next day and freezes well. 

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