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Oma's Spaghetti - Gremelli Pasta with sauce made with ground beef, onions, celery, fresh tomatoes and butter, served in a wide white bowl that is placed on a walnut cutting board, napkin placed nearby, with a little fresh green parsley

Oma's Spaghetti


Oma's Spaghetti, my German Grandmother's take on Spaghetti is a quick, savory dish that takes 30 minutes to make.  Made with ground beef, onions and celery sauteed in BUTTER! Love this pasta! This recipe is a family favorite!  I hope you'll give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!



Units Scale

1 pound Ground Sirloin

1 Small Onion, Diced

2 Stalks Celery

1 Small Can Diced Tomatoes

4 Tablespoons Butter

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper


Step 1:  Sweat the Onions on low heat in 1 Tablespoon of Butter until just translucent.  You don't want the onions to caramelize.  You just want them softened, white in color and kind of opaque.

Step 2:  Add the Ground Sirloin and some salt and pepper, and stir it in with the onions until the beef is browned.  The beef should be pretty tasty at this point.  So give it a try and add some more salt if it needs it.  This way, you are layering the flavors and building the foundation for a great tasting sauce.

Step 3:  Once the beef is browned and tasty, mix in the tomatoes and the celery.  Put the lid on the pan and let it simmer away for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4:  Add 3 Tablespoons of Butter to finish the sauce and give it a smooth texture.  And Serve on your favorite pasta.


Serving Suggestions: 

Traditionally, we have always served Oma's Spaghetti on Spaghetti, of course and with a lot of Parmesan Cheese.  But it's great on any kind of pasta you like!

Storing Suggestions:

Oma's Spaghetti is easily frozen and reheated for a fast weeknight meal.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop Cooking
  • Cuisine: German


  • Serving Size: 1 Cup
  • Calories: 264
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 810.3 mg
  • Fat: 15.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 25.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 98.3 mg
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