I’ve always been a firm believer in pork cuts in a tomato sauce. It adds an unbelievable richness and depth of flavor that cannot be attained with simply beef. But, to make a proper “gravy”, it’s an all day process. Browning the sausage, beef, and pork. Sauteing the onions and tomato paste, reducing down the sauce for-ever. Delicious, but time consuming.

My mom always made spaghetti sauce to use up leftover ham. Apparently, her mother opted to use ham in her sauce as well. It’s delicious, easy, and a change of pace from your run-of-the-mill spaghetti sauce using ground beef. Since I’ve got a house full of boys, I opt to add ham as well as ground beef. But, feel free to make the recipe using exclusively ham. Great way to use up those Easter leftovers!

5 Comments

  1. Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    I wouldn’t have thought to make spaghetti sauce using ham in a million years. I bet it gives the sauce a certain je ne sais quoi, though I would worry that using strictly ham would make the sauce too salty. What do you think?

    • Laura
      Posted April 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

      I guess it would depend on the ham that you used. I’m usually using a “city” ham, spiral-sliced. Which, isn’t too high on the sodium scales. If I were using exclusively ham, I’d probably just cut down on the amount of salt I used to season the sauce in the end.

  2. Posted April 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

    THere are few things that make me as happy as a big comforting bowl of spaghetti like this! YUM!
    *kisses* HH

  3. Posted May 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    Your spaghetti sauce with ham and ground beef sounds delicious, like it with mushrooms and peppers…have a great week Laura :-)

  4. Ben McCord
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    I’m making this today. I had made a spiral ham last week, and I have so much leftover. I saw it in the fridge and I remembered you had a recipe for it. Looking forward to it, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

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