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Sourced from the 2017 Milk Calendar, this version of the classic spaghetti sauce is enriched with milk, offering a creamy texture and nuanced flavor profile. It's a dish that brings both warmth and familiarity to the table, making it an instant family favorite.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 45 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings (9 cups/2.25 L)
Bowl of creamy Canadian spaghetti sauce with ground beef and vegetables


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 lb (500 g) Italian sausages mild, hot or a combination
  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 2 (28 oz/796 mL each) cans plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried hot red chili flakes (optional)
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Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, carrots, onion, garlic and salt; cook stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 min. Remove sausages from casings and add to pan along with ground beef. Use a fork to break up meat; stir continuously over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 min. Add milk. Gently boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally 5 min.

Add tomatoes, mashing with a potato masher to break them up. Add parsley and chili flakes, if using mild sausage. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally 30 min or until the thickness desired. 


When cooking pasta, use a big pot, salt water generously and don’t add oil to the water.

Let the kids pick the pasta shape, as this sauce works with any type – short or long.

Use only ground beef and double up on the spices.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 551 Calories
Protein: 33 g
Carbohydrate: 16 g
Fat: 40 g
Fibre: 6.1 g
Sodium: 736 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 16 % / 181 mg
Selenium: 75 %
Thiamin: 155 %
Vitamin B12: 141 %
Zinc: 68 %