For more than a generation, families and friends have been going to The Old Spaghetti Factory to enjoy its delicious food, charming atmosphere and friendly service. The company invites patrons to dine among old world antiques collected from around the world, while savoring perfectly cooked pasta and spaghetti sauces, freshly made using only the finest ingredients. The company is dedicated to providing a relaxing, enjoyable, memorable and satisfying dining experience in warm surroundings that will not cost a lot of money.




Meat Sauce

Old Spaghetti Factory Copycat Recipe

2 cooking onions, diced
1 tablespoon oil
2 lbs ground beef
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 (28 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
2 (5 1/2 oz.) cans tomato paste
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup white wine or 1/4 cup vermouth (optional)

Saute onions in oil. Add beef and brown before stirring in all seasonings. Add tomatoes, paste, and cloves.
Stir and add alcohol if using. Cover and let cook on a low fire for 2 hours or more.


  1. Interesting the OSF menu states their meat sauce is made with "ground beef sautéed with onions and celery"...yet yours has no celery...perhaps your is not the actual recipe and simply some typical made up version.

    1. Uh, stewed tomatoes have celery in them already.

  2. Stewed Tomatoes have celery in them? Are you sure about this

  3. Drain grease after browning beef or not?

    1. Definitely should, or it would be way too greasy

  4. Nothing like osf at all. Just an okay spaghetti recipe. There are better ones out there. Still looking for a copycat recipe

  5. I worked in the kitchen of the Denver OSF for years. We never used stewed tomato for any recipe. The only two types of tomato products they use are whole Italian San Marzano and tomato paste. All other seasoning and veg are done fresh. Celery and onion is puréed in buffalo chopper and whole tomato run through grinder to get the consistentcy correct. As for spices this recipe not even close. OSF seosoning pack ingredients are listed as minimally as law allows and quantities of each not listed and since the order of ingredients list highest amount to lowest amount there is no way for anyone to get exact recipe but I know there are a lot more ingredients than listed here. This recipe is pretty basic in terms both OSF and authentic Italian. As far as wine goes Sherry is the one most used in Italian sauces and has best flavor enhancement. Good luck copying OSF. I’ve tried most of the ones that are in the ball park but always something missing from taste.