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!


  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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