Monday, June 22, 2009

From my Cookbook Collection: "Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce"

Some of my very favorite cookbooks are those that  the church ladies publish.

 Come on, there's just no better cookin' than a bunch of ladies who love to be in the kitchen, and regularly "compete" for the title of Best Cook in their local fellowship.

My church, Whittington Church, has a cookbook that was given (for free) to all new members and of course I have nearly worn it out!

This particular recipe is one of my favorites and is very easy to prepare. It's  delicious and has a surprising unique flavor and I can't get enough of it!

It was submitted by Joyce Rath



2 lbs. ground round
2 T. Oil
14 oz. can stewed tomatoes, cut up.
6 oz. V8 juice
1 lb. can Prego spaghetti sauce
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup grape jelly

Brown meat. Add remaining ingredients, stirring often, 15- 20 minutes or until jelly melts.
Add to hot pasta. Serve with a salad and garlic bread.


There’s a whole lot of twirling going on – with pasta that is. According to a recent survey commissioned by Olive Garden and conducted by Harris Interactive®, 77 percent of U.S. adult pasta eaters, twirl, rather than cut, long noodle pasta, and 58 percent of Americans(1) use their plate, rather than a spoon, to twirl it.

The survey also found that more than 50 percent of respondents are eating pasta at least once a week and most frequently as a family meal (41 percent). From among a selection of 20 pastas, spaghetti is America’s favorite and tomato, or marinara, the preferred sauce(2). First and second runners up included lasagna and fettuccine for pasta preference and Alfredo and Bolognese, came in second and third respectively for favorite sauce.

And, with all this twirling going on, almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent)(3) say they end up with a little sauce on themselves or their clothing, while enjoying their pasta.


  1. LOVE cookbooks like these.. they always have the best recipes. This looks fantastic.

  2. Grape jelly in spaghetti sauce. Who'da thunk it? Looks very good - I'll definitely have to give this a try!!

  3. Yes...these are the best kind of cookbooks. I also love to eat spaghetti at other's houses. It's funny how we all use the same basic ingredients and it comes out totally different. I have a collection of all the Friday Friends spaghetti sauce recieps in our cookbook.
    I might try this tonight.

  4. I would twirl away! Delicious :D

  5. I'll admit that I love Olive Garden too