Easy homemade spaghetti sauce, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! This recipe is a family dinner staple!
This spaghetti sauce recipe may be the first thing I learned to cook, completely by myself, when I was really young. As I got better at cooking and baking (and because I loved it so much) I can specifically remember two recipes my Mom would let me make all by myself: this homemade spaghetti sauce, and our family’s favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
She’d be nearby for supervision, but it was a huge confidence boost for me to cook all on my own! And an even bigger confidence boost when my older brothers said they liked the food 🙂
This Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe has been a family staple for as long as I can remember. It’s really simple and the flavors are fantastic.
This is one of those meals that always tastes amazing–and it’s perfect for busy weeknights this time of year! Plus, there’s no picky eater that would ever say no to spaghetti!
How to make homemade spaghetti sauce:
First brown the beef and onion. Chop the ground beef finely as you go. After it’s browned I often like to add it to my food processor to pulse it once or twice so that it’s finely crumbled. It makes the sauce extra smooth (although some people like their spaghettie sauce with larger peices of meat in it,)
Next, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add water and simmer for 30 minutes or longer, to get more depth of flavor. The longer you simmer it, the more the flavors will blend together beautifully.
I use this sauce all the time in my Spaghetti Pie, Million Dollar Spaghetti, Slow Cooker Lasagna and Instant Pot Spaghetti.
Spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce and pizza sauce; what’s the difference?
There is all sorts of confusion surrounding these terms, but spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, and pizza sauce are usually all tomato based sauces. Marinara sauce, or pasta sauce is a slow-simmered sauce that is often made with tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. In America, we often refer to marinara as a meatless, tomato-based sauce.
Spaghetti sauce is essentially any sauce that you put on spaghetti. Traditional spaghetti sauce is often just a more complex marina sauce that has additional spices and may be made with meat, vegetables, cheese, etc.
Pizza sauce is typically uncooked and refers to any sauce you put on pizza. This sauce is usually simple, with few ingredients and is meant to cook with the pizza for added flavor.
Tips for making ahead and freezing spaghetti sauce:
This homemade spaghetti sauce can be easily made ahead of time. Store it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or freeze it. Before freezing spaghetti sauce, allow the mixture to cool completely. Label a gallon freezer bag and fill it with the sauce. Store it on a flat surface so that it freezes into a flat shape that will store easily. Store it for up to 4-6 months. To use, place frozen sauce in a pot and reheat on the stove until warm.
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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 pound ground beef (or ½ lb ground Italian sausage and ½ lb ground beef)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- 1 medium onion , chopped
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- crushed red pepper flakes , to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (optional)
- spaghetti noodles , for serving
- Season ground beef with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, add the beef and chopped onion and brown. Drain excess grease.
- Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, worcestershire, and sugar to the skillet.
- Stir well to combine and bring to a boil. Add water and stir well.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chopped basil before serving, if desired.
- This sauce tastes great in Spaghetti Pie, Million Dollar Spaghetti, Slow Cooker Lasagna and Instant Pot Spaghetti.
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*I originally shared this recipe in September 2015. Updated July 2018.
Was looking for a recipe to use up a lot of tomato sauce I had in my pantry. I am so happy I chose this one. I have tried numerous other spaghetti sauce recipes but non compare to this easy one. The flavor was spot on, the ease was perfect, and the taste was amazing! In you are on the fence deciding …… don’t be, just make it. You will be pleasantly surprised.
One table spoon of sugar is way to much. It was so sweet I couldn’t eat it and had to throw it away! Probably good if you cut the sugar in half at least.
If you double the meat do you double the seasonings?
Easy to make. Family enjoyed the flavor which was different from my usual sauces. It’s a keeper and recommended. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
How is this made from scratch if it’s all canned tomato sauce? Lol
We like to use canned tomato sauce because it’s made from high-quality, vine-ripened tomatoes that are processed at the peak of freshness. This ensures that our sauce has a consistent flavor and quality, no matter what time of year it is.
Probably the same way it is from scratch using garlic powder and granulated sugar without instructions on how to dry and crush garlic cloves out process sugar cane.
Thanks for the recipe.
This sauce is amazing and it is so easy! It is the only recipe we use!
Hi – I am trying to make spaghetti pie with the homemade pasta sauce- but I see in ingredients that it calls for Chicken Broth but nowhere in the recipe does it state how much or anything about Broth? Please help as I am trying to make this.
Hi Ann Lee,
I’ve looked over both recipes (SPaghetti pie, marinara, and spaghetti sauce) and didn’t see a mention of chicken broth in any. Which recipe did you see chicken broth listed in?
This is THE BEST. I use a little more sauce (because, sauce is life) and add some parmesan cheese at the end. Really, this is excellent and my absolute staple. Thanks for sharing!
Healthier than canned pasta sauce! I cook it an hour for a deeper flavor. What’s the serving size(1/4 cup, 1/2 Cup, 1 cup)?
This is the spaghetti sauce that started it all for me! Just made it again last night for my wife and a friend of hers. They loved it … as I do, of course. I have since gotten the nerve to try making spaghetti sauce from scratch, going through the hassle of blanching the tomatoes and cooking it for several hours in a slow cooker. No matter … THIS is the sauce I can always go back to and always have a good meal. Easy to do and tastes great. And isn’t that what we’re after? Enjoy!
I made this last night for my family, and it wasn’t bad. A little more similar to a chili sauce than a spaghetti sauce. I followed the directions pretty closely and it just wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. It’s not bad at all, just not a true spaghetti sauce in my opinion. It could be the worcestershire sauce. It was missing the tomato profile.
This has been my go-to spaghetti sauce for almost a year now and I’ve tried many. Everyone in my family loves it! It’s my husband’s favourite. I’ve followed the recipe as is and wouldn’t change a thing. It’s so easy to prepare. We love it!
I like every recipe you have shown so far. Your the best!! How about an easy pineapple cake with a cream cheese topping. Did you do this already? I’M 71 an a male and you have me baking again
Added a dollop of Italian red wine, a few tbsp of Irish butter, and hot Italian sausage rather than the pepper flakes along with the ground beef. Yumms!
Best ever spaghetti sauce!
I thought I had a jar of Spaghetti sauce and didn’t. So I immediately looked on line and searched for an easy homemade spaghetti sauce and found this one. It’s going to be my 1st time trying out this recipe. Luckily I had all ingredients. Hoping it’s going to be good. We will see, it’s on the stove cooking now. I’ll comment once we try it. Thank you
My husband and I are obsessed with this recipe. Literally SO good and so much cheaper than buying jar sauce! We also never add the Worcestershire… hopefully we aren’t missing too much haha!
Lauren I’ve used your spaghetti sauce recipe 3 times and my family and friends all want it. They love it thanks for sharing
I added 5 cloves of garlic with the water and subbed balsamic vinegar for the Worcestershire! The family LOVED IT!
This is a fantastic spaghetti recipe. Thanks for sharing it. So yummy!
Do you have a instant pot version?
Thank you again!
Thanks! Yes, here’s my Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/instant-pot-spaghetti/
Amazing home made sauce! I reduced the Worcester and sugar and add more oregano to taste. It doesn’t need hardly any salt as the flavours are great!!!
I’m trying to help my husband track his food, is the nutritional info for the total sauce or per serving?
Thank you, we love this recipe!
So glad to hear you both love the sauce! The nutritional info is per serving and there are 5 servings per recipe!
This is the BEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE I have ever had….or made! Coats each strand of pasta perfectly. THANK YOU
This is my go to spaghetti sauce recipe. Super easy and I always have the ingredients on hand. Thanks!
Very good sauce. Will adopt as one of my go to sauces.
Simple, easy, cheap, and customizable. I loved it. Thank you
This recipe is absolutely perfect. I will never use another recipe.
So if I want to add minced garlic instead of powder, how much would you recommend??
3-4 tsp of minced garlic!
Delicious and then some!!!!
I don’t know if I reviewed this before, but twice is just as nice. This is requested in my house at least every couple of weeks. It is soooooooo good. Thank you Lauren.
Can I replace the tomato sauce with tomato purée? I have a ton of extra purée I’m trying to avoid wasting. Thanks I’m advance!
A really great sauce with room to add your favourite veggies!
It’s great if and only if San Marzano tomatoes are used for both sauce and paste. Otherwise expect flat average flavor.
If I wanted to make this with fresh tomatoes, would I just substitute them for the tomato sauce? Or would you substitute them for the tomato paste as well?
You would still need to use tomato paste! let us know what you think!
Easy and fantastic.
Made this tonight and it was quite the hit! Thanks for the recipe!
Can this be done in a slow cooker?
Yes! Brown the meat and add everything to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours!
I love this sauce! I go half beef mince/ half original bratwurst sausage meat.
Tastes delicious in stuffed peppers!
I make this sauce in a big batch then portion it in servings….freeze…
I’ve made my mother’s spaghetti recipe for over 60 years and have always hated chunks os tomato in the sauce. When I saw this recipe with no chunky tomatoes, I decided to give it a try. OMGosh, what a delicious and easy recipe. This will be my go-to recipe from now on. And yes, the cup of water called for in the recipe is a needed ingredient. This makes for a full-bodied spaghetti sauce. Ten stars in my book!
This sauce is awesome I make it all the time! I think the only way it could be better would be to make the sauce from scratch by letting tomatoes ripen and turning them into sauce … but who has that much time ! This recipe is bomb,I recommend switching the ground beef to Italian sausage crumbled, dynamic flavor change
My go to spaghetti sauce. My husband loves it.
This is my go to spaghetti sauce recipe! It tastes so much better than store bought. I like to add mushrooms and a can of crushed tomatoes to have some more texture. It also does not take long to make it either which is a plus when in a hurry. So delicious! 😊
I was very happy with the spaghetti sauce I made using this recipe…my husband and I both loved it! I didn’t have a can of tomato sauce, so I used petite diced tomatoes, and crushed the tomatoes while they were cooking. (I thought later I could have blended them). As an afterthought, I also added a couple of teaspoons of minced garlic in addition to the garlic powder because you can never have too much garlic! I didn’t have any fresh Basil leaves, so I didn’t use basil and didn’t miss it.
My husband had to have two helpings of spaghetti because he loved the sauce so much! I will definitely be using this recipe going forward!
This has become my go-to spaghetti sauce recipe! Quick and so yummy
Followed the recipe exactly and it was absolutely comfort food deliciousness! I make lots of pasta sauces from scratch from simple marinara to all-day cook sauces, but this is my favorite because it’s super easy and tastes just like my step-mom used to make and I was never able to duplicate. Thanks so much!
I will never go back to store bought spaghetti sauce again. Thank you for sharing this recipe. 😁
I making this today love home made spaghetti sauce .
What I took a sample taste was so yummy.
Thanks for sharing
We’ll enjoy it tonight with our spaghetti noodle and garlic bread
Has anyone tried this without the meat? is it still good vegetarian? I just find meat so gross.
Yes, you can leave the meat out, no problem. You could also add diced sauteed veggies if you want; bell pepper, mushrooms, shredded carrot, chopped zucchini…
I’ve tried it with lentils before too! if you like lentils, I’d suggest giving it a try!
I made this using plant-based veggie crumbles! So Yummy and it tastes just exactly the same. I didn’t do anything to alter the recipe and I followed it as directed
My family love spaghetti
My family loved it and they even had seconds. Thank you
I added a little wine for that
Italian flare. I love the spice combination too! Thank you!
This recipe is our favorite spaghetti sauce to date!!! I’ve never made it homemade before this recipe and our family will never go back!!! Thank you!
Delicious! This is my go-to sauce recipe now.Thanks for sharing.
Took about ten minutes to prepare..very easy and very good
I used brown sugar ,and I added 14.5oz fire roasted diced tomatoes . It’s better than I expected. Only complaint is there wasn’t any leftovers. Two thumbs up !
This is a great recipe. I added a little cumin, sweet red peppers and minced garlic. Thanks for a really good addition to my spaghetti squash.
I cook for the local senior center once a month and this is a good recipe for that. Very tasty and easy to do in large quantity (I’m cooking for 40 people) I do half ground beef and half sausage. The sausage and ground beef don’t fall apart when browned and stay “clumpy”, so I run them through the food processor after browning. I had to modify the procedure a bit. Basically, I build the sauce and add the meat to it after.
This is perfect… I have to cook for 40 people… How much pasta did you cook and do you multiply this recipe how many times???? I would think at least 6 times this recipe… TIA
Great recipe, I used hot Italian sassauge and added mushrooms. Mmmm. Going to make lasagna with it next.
This has become a favorite in our household. Everyone will eat it and likes it, even the 1 year old!
I double the onion, add a clove of fresh garlic, and double all the sauce and seasonings (not meat) so there is more liquid. Love it! ❤️
Great taste, easy fixing (makes me smile and my son loves it.
I’ve made homemade spaghetti for years and finally gave it up and went Prego . This recipe was so easy (eyeballed all the measurements too!) and so good I really don’t have any excuse to ever buy prego again!
I was nervous about Worcestershire so I scaled it back – adds a depth to the flavor for sure!
Loved this recipe. I was out of sauce, but I had a can of tomato sauce and tomato paste. So glad I could make such a great sauce with ingredients I had at home. Thanks so much for sharing!! Can’t wait to make it again!
The only way I really deviate from this is I let this simmer at least an hour minimum to bring out all those lovely flavors!! When i have the time i let this dinner for 3-4 hours. This is my go to recipe and my husband and I love it!
Okay……..let’s try this one more time. Autocorrect is a double edge sword……and at times I’m extremely annoyed by it. Funny, Allen is a common last name and ours is spelled exactly the same. Anyway, I will no longer “buy” not “by” the pre-made sauce in the jar. Moderator, please delete the previous post. Thank you Moderator. Thank you Lauren for sharing.👋🏾
I got ya Matthew! Thanks for leaving the review 🙂
This was okay, I just wanted to try a new recipe and had all the ingredients on hand. If I were to make this again, I would certainly reduce the amount of worcestshire sauce, it was just too much, and it was all I could taste quite frankly.
It was great just a little too sweet for my taste.
Sauce is very delicious. Can it be canned?
I’m deathly allergic to parsley and cilantro so I throw in black cocoa powder for depth of flavour but otherwise this is our go to recipe! 🐈⬛🐈⬛🐈⬛
I love this sauce! The only modification I make is to add green pepper and substitute the tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes.
Been a very long time I made spaghetti sauce from scratch. I did add sausage which doubled it. This is a great recipe!!! I think I’ll go back to homemade!
This is one of the easiest and most delicious spagetti sauce recipes that I have tried. Much better than any jar sauce. My boyfriend and I love it!
looks delicious – have you ever tried it with San Marzano tomatoes?
I made this recipe today, used I lb of ground chuck. I used Prego traditional sauce with a tomato paste. Since I didn’t have an Italian seasoning, I used Oregano, along with other seasoning listed. It turned out delicious! Better than any other meat sauce I have tried in the past. Saving this recipe!
Spaghetti sauce was so good. Adding the Worchestershire sauce, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes. Yummy!
my favorite recipe for sauce! Thank you
It was ok had a Really flat taste to me
My go to now. Great recipe
This is the best homemade sauce recipe I’ve tried and I’ve tried several. Easily better than Prego.
I made this 2-3 years ago and I only use this recipe for spaghetti sauce. I love it! And so does my husband.
Hi Lauren, I think your receipe is TOTALLY DELICIOUS and SCRUMPTIOUS!! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to trying more of your receipes.
This is an excellent recipe that we will make again. I cut the sugar to 1 tsp for a first try and it’s great.
Delicious!! Thanks for the recipe – it’s a keeper! 👍
It’s not sauce It’s chilly You want a real recipe I’ll send you one
Bland too sweet. Never again. I should have known better. Nothing Italian tasting. I had to fix it.
So negative :O why not just comment your adjustments rather than being so bitter?
Chili – lol .. i would like to see your recipe.
Wow! That comment was rude, not to mention your spelling and punctuation.
I tried your spaghetti sauce receipe for 2 hard to please teenage boys.
They loved it and went for seconds.
Thank you for sharing!
Hello, does the nutritional count include the spaghetti noodles or is it just for one serving of the meat sauce?
This has become my favorite spaghetti sauce recipe. Not a ton of ingredients and doesn’t take a long time to make and the taste is delicious. Thank you for sharing it.
Great recipe and very easy to make, but I halved the water and I think I should have left the water this time.
I’m an idiot who couldn’t cook anything before trying this.
A couple changes though.
Do not put water into it! Makes a world of difference without water.
You don’t have to put a whole onion into it..
One pound of beef is way too much.
I think the sauce is only enough for 1 to 2 people.
I love to cook and I love pasta. I make my own more than I use store bought but the store bought sauce was always too acidic and just didn’t work for me (heart burn) I found your recipe and I will never go back to pre made. The worchesterchire (I can’t spell it any better than I can pronounce it I guess) and the sugar balance it out and make it so much better tasting and less acidic. Add that to fresh made pasta and its amazing. Thank you
If a sauce is too acidic, add a pinch of baking soda and stir it until it quits fizzing. Not too much or it will taste bland. Also works great in tomato soup, before you add the milk. Keeps the milk from curling so the soup is nice and creamy. I also throw a pinch into coffee grounds before brewing.
Absolutely delicious recipe! My family loved it! It’s the first time I made homemade spaghetti meat sauce, I usually always buy the pre-made jars of sauce, but now I’m never going to. Will be saving this recipe for next time.
instead of 15 oz of tomato sauce I used 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 3 oz tomato paste instead of 6 oz and 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock instead of 1 cup of water. I did this because I didn’t have an extra can of tomato sauce and didn’t want to go to the store 🤷🏼♀️. I did add 2 – 3 grated garlic cloves which I added when browning the ground beef and onions. It was way too good!
Great taste, easy and quick sauce recipe!
My wife passed away last November.. I loved her sauce so much.. by luck I saw your recipe… it almost like hers taste.. I tried it and love the taste.. thank you ….. ps I’m having learn how to cook that was always her thing lol…
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Conrad. I’m sure she’s proud of you learning to make recipes that remind you of the food she cooked for you with love. I tried this recipe this evening and it was delicious! Your wife must have been a fantastic cook. ♥️
Mine is similar but I use fresh garlic. Also grated a carrot in place of sugar. Great recipe.
I made this recipe as written and it was so delicious! I usually use jarred pasta sauce from the grocery store so my husband could immediately tell the difference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Super easy to make, delicious for dinner with spaghetti noodles, salad and garlic breadsticks 😉 Thank you!
This is THE spaghetti recipe. My family loves it. Wouldn’t change a thing. I follow the recipe precisely every single time. 🤗🤗
This is my go to Spaghetti Sauce Recipe, however though, I add ground Lamb, and Ground Veal, omitting the Sausage, Sometimes I’ll add Ground Turkey instead of Hamburger, It’s an Awesome recipe!!!!!!
I want to make meatballs instead of having the meat in the sauce, do you think this will effect it drastically?
Not at all, that’s fine!
This was one of the best spaghetti sauces I’ve had. Followed the recipe except used 1 tablespoon of dried basil instead of fresh and I added one extra teaspoon of sugar in the sauce it came out perfect! It came together quickly and I will be making this again… soon! ĹThank you so much for sharing this!!!
So I made this tonight with a few tweaks
I used a can and 1/2 of tomato sauce, no tomato paste and I added 1/2 can of petite tomatoes drained.The next time I won’t add so much hamburger and I added a little more of all the ingredients
It was amazingly delicious! My family loved this so much, there wasn’t leftovers for me to take for lunch!
Excellent! This sauce had that taste that made you want more. Authentic. I’m definitely making this one again.
Very good recipe. I added onion and green pepper to the hamburger while it was cooking. After all the ingredients were added I then added portobello mushrooms and 8 Oz of spaghetti noodles to the instantpot. I pressured it for 5 min and natural release for 5 after that quick release. Came out perfect. Oh a doubled the tomato sauce and the paste. I also added a cup of water. Might be fine to use 16oz of noodles but be sure to break them in half and layer them do not stir after this.
This is a new family favorite in my house. I usually hate spaghetti but my family doesn’t. I’m the cook of the house so if I don’t like it I’m not making it. This sauce makes me CRAVE spaghetti 🍝 my only wonder is if I could thin it slightly without altering the flavor??? How would you suggest I do that?
Mane you could use extra tomato sauce and skip the paste
I would think by using less meat!
Add a little of the water from your pasta before you drain it. The starch in the water will help it adhere to the pasta better as well as thin it a little
Add beef broth to make it thinner.
Delicious Spaghetti Sauce. And it doesn’t take 8 hours.
Try it in the instantpot. Cook the hamburger and everything in it and pressure for 5 min, natural release for 5, then quick release. It’s done in no time.
THANK YOU 😀 use my instant pot for everything.
Love this recipe- easy to make with normal spices- best ever.
Love the recipe simple and easy. Not hard to make at all instructions read clearly. I may have tweaked a few things using fire roasted tomatoes with garlic no cup of water and it came out so mouthwatering good! Thank you
Love love loveeeeeeeeee this recipe!! It was super easy and quick to make. The fam and I loved it. I added some chili oil to give it some kick and let me just say it was 👌🏽 *chef’s kiss* amazing!!
This is the way I make my Spaghetti Sauce with one exception….I puree carrots and add to the mixture instead of the sugar. I will try any way to get my family to eat veggies!!! They have never suspected! LOL It makes my sauce thicker too. I love your website. I just happened up on it about two months ago. Thank you for sharing all these delicious recipes! You’re the best!
What a perfectly fine idea 👍.
Shall try it
First time making it and I like more than the jars I buy from the store.
Taste wonderful ! I usually use ready made sauce. This is so much better.
Great recipe, on your 3X listing however I think the meat should be 1 1/2 pounds of each meat instead of 1/2 pound each. Keep up the great recipes.
I’ve tried a number of homemade spaghetti sauces and this is my favorite of all! Thank you so much.
Our family will never buy store bought spaghetti sauce again. This is our go to recipe now!
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I kept looking up marinara sauces and then adding meat. All I wanted was to use one 15 oz. can of tomato sauce because there are only two people eating.
I added a diced green pepper, subbed fresh garlic for powdered and served over spaghetti noodles. It was the bomb
THIS IS BY FAR, THE BEST RECIPE!!
Can I freeze this spaghetti sauce?
Yes, it freezes well!
I love to try to do something for my family
I need to make a batch of this for a lasagna. It only says this makes 5 servings. I don’t know what that means. 5 people? How much of this recipe would I make for a pound of pasta? I can gauge it from there. Thanks.
The recipe says it’s for one pound of pasta…soooo
Love this recipe. I used ground turkey and threw in some mushrooms today. It’s a great sauce for any pasta.
Loved it!! So good– thank you for sharing!
” Thanks, for the info. I, love homemade spaghetti. DELICIOUSLY made from scratch.
I made this tonight and was very pleased. I was especially pleased to have left out the sugar but it had a sweetness that clearly wasn’t lacking from my omission. Will have several meals to go in the freezer, as well as leftovers tomorrow night.
Hi Shelly. How much sauce did this recipe make? I want to make a lasagna for Easter but I have no idea how much sauce this makes.
I made this recipe yesterday. Absolutely love it and will definitely make it again. I had spaghetti dinner last night and enough for another meal Today and put two servings of sauce in the freezer for future. I have saved it and will recommend it
Made this today and everyone loved it! I did use a few substitutions that others mentioned in the comments: a can of diced tomatoes + some red wine in place of the water; and I cut down the sugar because I was worried about it being too sweet. I like a subtly sweet marinara on pizza, but not so much for spaghetti. I otherwise followed the recipe as written and it was a hit!
The first time I made it we thought it was too sweet too. How much sugar did you end up using?
My husband, who’s always been brutally honest about his Italian-American momma’s spaghetti sauce, pronounced this amazing AND delicious! I WIN!!! ✊🏻😆
I used half mild Italian sausage and half ground beef. I added a teaspoon of oregano to the spice blend and omitted the red pepper flakes. Definitely a keeper!
The spaghetti sauce is great. It’s a time saver. Keep your recipes coming!
This was fantastic!!! I didn’t have tomato paste so I left that out and skipped the water too but added diced tomatoes… so delicious!! Will make again and again and again!
Just what I was looking for! I used breakfast sausage (my preference) , subbed beef broth for water, left out salt. Simmered in a crockpot for several hours. Great basic sauce, make it your own!
Way too bland. Never, EVER add water to a sauce. Why people do this is beyond me and makes us Italians cringe. Use red wine or broth, water will kill all the flavors you’re trying to achieve. Also, green peppers are a must.
Do you use the same amount of wine as water that is called for? (1 cup)
You would add Chicken broth instead of water?
Or maybe “to each their own”…
My search is over for the PERFECT spaghetti sauce! The only change I made was add a can of my favorite diced tomatoes in place of the water, we love a funky sauce, and a half teaspoon of baking soda to cut the acid. Wonderful! Thanks for great recipe!
I added Ed canned mushrooms and artichokes and 2t vinager as I had no onion Italian seasoning or parsley came out good I believe. Thanks for writing this recipe ☺️
This sauce is the perfect base for sneaking vegetables to your veggie hating kids. I have added up to 4 cups of additional vegetables and nobody had a clue. I’m talking mushrooms, any color of bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, green onion, green beans, spinach, kale, collards… anything really. The secret is to shred them up in the food processor (or a hand held shredder would work) and add them after browning the meat. Simmer on low for about 2 hours until the vegetables have lost any resemblance of their former selves. Adjust seasoning to taste (I always add extra garlic, Italian seasoning and Worcester shire sauce when I make it this way) and like magic, they’ll never know.
This sauce is fabulous just as it is! I’m so impressed. Very good!
Juat getting sauce to simmer. It smells great.
Great recipe! I substituted the died/powdered for fresh garlic and fresh parsley (had them on hand) and added about 2 tablespoons red wine. I absolutely loved it- red pepper flakes takes it to another level.
Good add ons. I also added a small pat of butter, and a piece of Parmesan rind along with Red wine. It tastes very good to us. I have a Bay plant so added a couple of fresh leaves. No sugar this time.
My go to recipe now. Delicious. I cook it early in the afternoon and let it simmer for several hours before serving. Fantastic
Sorry, I thought the sauce was too bland. No flavor at all.
I tried this too and it was bland.
This is a super easy, super good recipe for spaghetti sauce. I do half hamburger and half sausage, which gives it more flavor. This is my “go to” pasta sauce from now on. I’m not going to try any others!
What kind of onion did you use?
This is insane! So quick and easy, I no longer buy jars of pre-made sauce, and make sure I have the ingredients on hand. My 4 year old daughter loves this s’ghetti!!
I love this sauce! It’s the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever made. I didn’t change a thing.
I must have 20 different spaghetti sauce recipes and this was the best so far and really simple. Thanks
This was an easy and delicious spaghetti sauce. Loved how thick it ended up being. I’m not a big pasta person so I put it on top of butternut squash “noodles”. Just love this.
Just made the sauce and I’m on board with everyone else….YUM. I cook all the time and have various sauces I make. This one is great because everything on the ingredient list is usually in my cupboard and doesn’t require a mad dash to the store 😜Thanks for clearly having your “mom” hat on when you came up with this one!
If you grate the onion vs chopping it you will not need to add any sugar. It a trick I learned from a restaurant owner/chef in the North End (old Italian neighborhood) of Boston 25 years ago. Why the difference between grate vs chopped no idea but it works.
I wish I would have seen this tip before I made the sauce. The sauce was good, but I did find it a bit to sweet for me.
Think I’ve just found my new go to sauce. I love a great homemade bolognese, but this is so simple yet so incredibly flavorful with very little fuss. And I’ll always have everything on hand (I stumbled upon this recipe when searching for a sauce sans carrots, after just returning from a trip and needing to make dinner for the family)! Try it – you won’t be disappointed.
It’s going in the recipe book. Every one of my picky eaters gave this recipe twi thumbs up. Thank you!
I try this out on my husband first, he love it and so did I . Them made it the community about 150 people. It was a great everyone love it. Now I an going to try to can just the sauce, no meat.
Nice basic recipe. I added more spices amount wise. Yummy. So easy. I don’t know why people buy jarred sauces. I also like adding mushrooms. Didn’t this time since one member of our family doesn’t like them.
It was great and easy I love the recipe I sent it to other family members I will always make this thanks a lot.
My 16yo son, who doesn’t like spaghetti, decided this was good enough for seconds!
I love this sauce and my 6 year old does too! She now does not like any jarred Spaghetti sauces…says it tastes gross. I love making my own stuff from scratch <3
I rarely leave a review, but felt I had to after making this tonight. It was delicious! My husband LOVES spaghetti and we always use a jar sauce. I wanted to try a quick homemade sauce and this fit the bill. I did add some minced garlic, as we love garlic, and used a tsp of dried basil since I didn’t have fresh, but otherwise followed it exactly. My husband said it was the best he had ever had! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I will be making this again very soon!
How much spaghetti noodles should I make to go with? Whole 16 oz box?
Wonderful. I recommend it.
Spaghetti sauce was great, thanks I will make it again
I’m making this for first time,my daughter loves spaghetti I have to find low calorie spaghetti noodles cause wife has her on 1700 calorie diet a day
I do low carb too, I use artichoke noodles ,simply amazing with this sauce
This was the first time in my life I ever tried to make homemade spegetti sauce and wOW this recipe is a definite keeper!! I never knew how easy it could be to make it myself and it is SO much better than store bought. I didn’t have ground beef on hand, so I chopped up a bag of Turkey pepperoni and let it simmer with the sauce. So so good! Family loved it! Thank-a-you for sharing this recipe!
For a vegetarian option, I skipped the meat added crushed tomatoes and Hitachi mushrooms for some texture. Awesome sauce!
This was so good and easy to make!! I will definitely be making again and again!!
Man was this sauce awesome! I usually by Rao’s which is not cheap and the family thought this blew it out the water. Did half ground meat and half Italian sausage. Didn’t have tomato paste so left it out but was good! Won’t buy sauce again!
I was always afraid to make my own spaghetti sauce from scratch. Spaghetti is my husband favorite meal. He can cook anything from scratch and you’d think it was from a 5 star restaurant. We live 18 miles from town so just going to the store for one item to make anything is a waste of my time. Was so excited to find your spaghetti recipe and I had all the ingredients right in my Cunard without going to town to the store made me excited to try it! It’s amazing! Thank you for posting your recipes!
I have 5 #10 cans of San Marzano tomatoes with sauce and basil. Would love to prepare this and pressure can it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
I think this is a keeper! I used to use sauce from the jar but nothing tastes as good as homemade. I like adding green pepper and black olives to it too!
Awesome sauce😎👌. Made this for our Christmas dinner tonight. It was amazing. I did however hit it with fresh garlic minced and a little garlic salt to taste. The whole family went back for seconds almost didn’t have enough 😁. Thanks for the recipe👍
It was delicious and easy to make. I will not use the sauce that’s ready-made in the jar anymore.
I made this recipe several times and I make it just like the recipe says to make it. I love it! I am finding your recipes very tasteful and easy to follow. Most important to me is the ingredients you use are not weird or hard to find. Condiments I can easily use in other recipes. Thank you again.
This is my go to spaghetti recipe. My three year old request spaghetti at least 3 times a week. I’ve added fire roasted tomatoes and it’s great. It’s quick and easy yet so flavorful. Since I’ve tried this recipe I’ve yet to go back to jar sauce. Thank you sooo much.
Amazing!!! We also used it for pizza’s, lasagna and marinara! Yum
I made the “3X” recipe and canned it!!
I had started with the store bought pasta sauce and soon knew it was a mistake. The flavor was bland to say the least. So I decided to look for a simple homemade sauce that I could incorporate into what I already started and the flavor, because of this recipe is awesome!
I am only ten and the only part in making the spaghetti sauce I needed help with was draining the grease. It is a perfect dinner time meal plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make.
User ground venison. Amazing as it always is with beef! Thanks for the simple and delicious recipe. Kids and husband cleaned the pot….I’ll have to make a double batch next go around!
This recipe never fails me. The family absolutely loves it! Thanks for sharing!
why add sugar??
The sugar helps balance the acidic bitterness from he tomatoes. If you don’t want to add it, you could grate some fresh carrot in, instead.
Jay, believe it or not lots add sugar to their spaghetti sauce, my grandma is Italian and she added sugar, or sometimes I use grape jelly, it doesn’t make it sweet, my mom added sugar to her chili, trust me when I say it makes a difference! Give it a try, you will be impressed !
I think this is a very common question – while you certainly can omit, I never have. I probably only put half a tablespoon, but the author is right – it’s really useful in balancing the acidity of the tomato.
The sugar balances the acidity. If you are sugar free, try a little baking soda or butter; each of those items have a similar effect.
Easy to follow directions. Ingredients found in most kitchens. Easy to put together!
Only thing different, I also added Oregano as I didn’t have Italian Seasonings on hand .
This tasted absolutely wonderful. I will be making it a staple in my house . Thank you .
Delicious and easy to make.
This spaghetti sauce is absolutely delicious!!
Are men allowed to cook? 71 yo man here. Been cooking full sized since I was 12 or 13.
This sauce is excellent. Few ingredients that go together well. Simple and quick and very tasty.
Thank you for sharing
I am not a big speghetti fan but my family are. In baking this sauce recipe i took a curious taste and wow!! I loved it! 👌🏾
I will continue to make this sauce going forward.. no more buying speghetti sauce
I have to agree with previous commenters!
Your recipe was perfect! Hit all the marks. Quick, easy and tasty! And all pantry ingredients! Thanks!
I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a recipe because I’m always so busy. I honestly don’t really like spaghetti sauce. However it’s a quick, easy , cheap, and doesn’t require a lot of dishes. I usually triple a recipe like this and freeze into a few separate dinners.
After this recipe I absolutely love spaghetti! I have made this recipe a half dozen times and threw out every other sauce recipe I had in my book. It’s tasty and everything blends together perfectly. Its not too chunky nor too smooth , it’s just perfect. I do sometimes throw in some diced tomatoes and I’ve substituted crushed for sauce. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for sharing this sauce!
This was really good! I can’t use spaghetti sauce out of a jar anymore because of the sodium content. I used the no salt added tomato paste and tomato sauce for this, and added No Salt to put the salty flavor in. It worked! I also used ground turkey instead of ground beef. This is a great way to avoid all the sodium, and it was very good. Will definitely make again.
Last minute decision to make spaghetti. We usually have jar sause and I ” Doctor it up” but we were out. So I did a search for some sause. Looked at a couple then decided on this one. Wow! What a great sause! Just like the recipe said I had all the ingredients in my cupboard. It came together quickly and tasted so yummy. The pepper flakes add a little heat which my son in law loved! I didn’t have parsley so added Basil instead. Everyone enjoyed it! This will be my spaghetti sause going forward. 😋 No more “Jar Stuff” for us! 😀
Best homemade sauce
Best spaghetti recipe I have found!!! I added sautéed mushrooms and olives😋
This is the best sauce I’ve tasted so far! Made exactly as written (except I used crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce) the flavor is perfect. Definitely gonna be a regular for me now 🙂
Lauren, this is without question the best mid 80’s american diner meat sauce. I’ve been trying forever to replicate but never hit the right notes. It’s just simplicity and what you got. It’s so simple but still brilliant for how tasty it is. I am a horrible person and I lie and say it’s mine and give no credit to you. But I used my real name, so in a court of law…
This was a real winner….super easy to make and tastes great. Followed recipe exactly.
My family absolutely loves this sauce, with the exception of my sister, who still believes she makes the best sauce….she doesn’t.
My 71 year old Mom hates jars of spaghetti sauce. I told her I was making a homemade sauce and I have never seen her eat so much. It was perfectly seasoned. Thanks for sharing this with us
For how simple it is it turned out wonderfully, better than any homemade sauces I have previously made. Will keep this recipe, thanks!
I always use your spaghetti sauce recipe every time I make spaghetti. My family loves it and will never go back to my old sauce recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I made this one yesterday. I was more than pleased with it. Easy to make and good to eat. Thanks for the recipe.
I have been using this recipe for about a year now and it is always a hit! I absolutely love it and will never eat spaghetti out of the jar again. Thank you for sharing this!!
My husband cannot have store bought sauce as it makes him sick. So this is our go to recipe for spaghetti sauce and he loves the flavor and taste of this.
Made this tonight for my Family, and they loved it! Tasted like what my Mom used to make! Definitely will be sharing.
I accidently bought crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, can I still make this and if so how much would I use and would I need to change any of the other ingredients?
Great recipe. My family loved it the first time I made it and wondered why I hadn’t done this before. Now that I have been on a whole food/plant based diet for 2 months, this is still my go to recipe with modifications. Thanks for sharing.
I tried the recipe and left out the Worcestershire sauce because I didn’t have any, I really liked the recipe, it was easy and tasted better than what you buy at the store. Thank you for sharing.
Delicious! Though not Italian, i grew up in a wonderful mixed- ethnic area. Lucky me. And this has the aroma and taste of some of the freat Italian ” gravies” , I was lucky enough to taste, from the Nonni’s thenselves. Thank you!!
This sauce is delicious. The kids devoured it and asked for leftovers the next day. Easy to make and uses pantry staples readily on hand. This is definitely going to be a repeat.
What is it about this simple sauce? It is excellent. I’m 63 and have been cooking dinner for 53 years. I’ve made dozens of different tomato sauces over the years and this is the best yet. This is why I think it works:
1) grinding up the cooked beef and/or sausage is brilliant. I’d never thought of that before. It gives the sauce a thicker consistency.
2) I think the Worcestershire sauce and sugar and garlic powder, with the other spices is spot on.
3) the tomato paste with water in addition to the tomato sauce (not canned tomatoes) gives it a deep, tomato flavor. And in fact there is a lasagna recipe I use from a 1953 Betty Crocker cookbook that has a similar tomato sauce recipe and people always rave over my lasagna.
I won’t change a thing. It is perfect as is. And I almost always tweak recipes. I made a huge stockpot of this sauce today (7x) the original recipe. My 5 yo grandson loves spaghetti and especially likes mommom’ s sauce. So I’m going to fill their freezer with 32 Oz containers of sauce. I’m also using this for some pans of ziti I’m freezing.
Lauren, you hit this out of the park. I rarely write comments but I had to tell you how much I appreciate your talent and effort. Thank you.
Just made this sauce because I thought I had jarred sauce but I didn’t. I tweaked it to make it my own by adding in fresh garlic, balsamic vinegar, 2 beef bouillon cubes, red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), dried basil, organic coconut palm sugar instead of white sugar, bagged meatballs instead of ground beef( Farm Rich are the best), season salt, and a splash of fish sauce. It came out delish, and I’ll definitely make this again. Next time I’ll use ground beef, green peppers, and perhaps Italian sausage and fresh mushrooms. This is a keeper and I may not buy jarred sauce again, just like I stopped buying Alfredo sauce. We make our own from scratch, and it’s way more yummy.
Natural Beauty….your recipe is not anything like this so your rating is not for this recipe. It would be nice to have a comment on the original recipe as that is how the chef would want it. Maybe you could have your own site or blog for others to rate your recipes. Great place to start sharing.
Easy to make and kids live it.
This sauce is boss! I’m husband loved it and so did I, and I’ve shied away spaghetti for several months; just can’t stand to eat it.
I used one big clove fresh minced garlic instead of the garlic powder, shallots instead of onions (milder and easier to tolerate), 3/4t Italian Seasoning and used pasta water instead of plain water, just ladled it in. This is a sauce just begging to be canned so you never have to buy store bought again!
I’ve made this at least 10x and I love it. The Worchester sauce gives it such a unique flavor!
I really enjoyed making this and is now a homemade favorite of mine to make. Thanks for sharing.
The only homemade spaghetti sauce I’ve tried and actually liked, and I’ve tried my share. Thanks for sharing!
For years I have been making a similar recipe 5x the amount for my family(4 sons). I am printing this out ans trying a simpler version.; also use a mixture of ground beef and Italian sausage and fresh garlic. I always bake mine in the oven all afternoon
Tasted amazing. Learned the hard way that only making one batch didn’t last to long! Just made again and multiplied the recipe by 5x.
My very first attempt at making homemade sauce. It was amazing!! I saw people say to.use fresh garlic instead of powder. I split the difference and used the crushed garlic in the jar. I also added canned mushrooms and some bell pepper. Next time I will use broth instead of water. I love that this is not sweet like jarred sauces. I used my crock pot and just let it.simmer all afternoon.
BOOM!!! AWESOME AND SOOOO EASY!!
Thank you. I will never buy pre made sauce again.
This is my go to recipe for sauce. I don’t buy jar anymore! I enjoy using fresh garlic as well but I appreciate the thought of making it simpler by using powder. I think next time I will try with red wine instead of water and see how it turns out!
My sauce is very similar. I finely chop some green pepper and celery. I add a can of crushed tomatoes. I don’t use water I use cabernet and not even a cup. I simmer my sauce all day. I mix everything one day then I get up super early and put on the stove the next. Delish!!!
I havn’t made it yet but can tell by the ingredients that this recipe is a winner. Will make it on the weekend. Thanks for all the great recipes you send this old scudder.
I use finely chopped celery in with the onion and meat. When I add the other ingredients I also add sliced mushrooms canned or fresh. I use Green Giant in a jar. I simmer for several hours.
I’ve made this sauce several times now and we totally love-love-love it!!
Good, but I never cook with water always use broth in everything and fresh garlic oh and in this a good rich red wine and was so good also doubled, we have big eaters
Thanks for the helpful guidance
I used the water….it’s good … but should have used the red wine…I’m probably going to add it later…I simmer sauce for hours to develop the full bloom of the spices… 🙂 My hubby said it was GREAT 🙂
How long did you let it simmer for?
I no longer use Ragu. I use this recipe instead and my family loves it. One change: use beef broth instead of water.
Love this recipe, l did use red wine instead of water, l also add a little organic beef broth. Delicious!
May I ask what kind of red wine to use! I’m making my Italian best friend (who I’m major crushing on) homemade spaghetti to impress him. And I would love to incorporate wine!
I have no idea, but I hope it went well.. I’m a succor for 💘 love lol.
I goggle everything!
I LOVEDDDDDD this! I made it for my boyfriends family and they loved it too!! They raved about it all night. I am hispanic so I added Goya adobo, sofrito and minced garlic to my lean ground turkey. I also cooked the onions and meat in a separate pan and used the sauce to sauté the onions. It was soo good! I will never eat out of a jar again!
First time making homemade spaghetti and it was delish! I added some shredded parmesan cheese after I got done cooking and it was yummy! So much better than the packet spaghetti sauces.
I will never buy a jar again! So simple, and my husband who hates spaghetti sauce actually liked it!
Wonderful, easy recipe. I added two tablespoons of molasses, and that made it absolutely outstanding. Trust me.
Did you do the molasses in addition to the sugar or in lieu of the sugar?
I’ve made this with ground turkey several times. It’s a family hit. Once you make it, you’ll never use jar sauce again. I made it tonight 🙂
Very delicious and easy spaghetti sauce! My family eats this about once a week. Definitely recommend!!
I’m doing my first stint at canning this summer. (My husband has experience but I do not, so he gets to teach me.) I’ve heard you can can about anything and I’m wondering if this recipe would be a good option. And if so, are there any pointers?
Hi Tricia, How fun for you! Unfortunately, I really can’t give advice about canning this, since safe canning requires a balance of ph levels and I’m not sure how this recipe stacks up. I’d definitely consult a safe-canning website to see how to adapt it.
If you are looking to can pasta sauce, I recommend doing it without the meat. It just gets weird. We tried it a few times. Do a good red sauce and add the meat later!
This is the best sauce I’ve had in along time. I make a triple batch and freeze it. Do you now if I can change the serving amount? Looking to make it for 100 serving.
On the recipe card, you’ll see the servings listed as “5.” If you click on the 5, it allows you to change the serving size, which will then automatically adjust the amount of ingredients needed. So glad you liked the recipe, hope that helps!
I made this but substituted fresh minced garlic for the garlic powder.
And it still works well! Just can’t forget garlic period. It really makes the dish complete. 😀
What do you think about substituting ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage?
That would taste great!
I use ground turkey for this recipe and it is amazing!
I just made this sauce and it was superb! No more canned sauces in this house! Thank you!
I used your recipe for the basis of mine with some alterations and it turned out very delicious. You will end up with twice as much.
2 Lbs. ground beef.
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.
2 onions, chopped.
2 – 15 oz. cans diced Italian tomatoes.
2- 6 oz. cans tomato paste.
5- cloves fresh garlic, minced.
2- Tbs. Italian seasoning.
1/2 tsp. dried basil.
1/2 tsp. dried oregano.
4 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce.
1 Tbs. granulated white sugar.
1 red pepper (diced)
1 green pepper (diced).
2- cups fresh white mushrooms (sliced).
Lightly brown and dice up the ground beef in a LARGE frying pan (12″ x 3″). Drain beef and return to fry pan. Add onions and diced peppers to pan. Mix and fry for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms to pan and continue frying mixture until onions are translucent and peppers are softened. Add minced garlic to pan and fry a few minutes until garlic becomes fragrant. Add diced tomatoes, Tomato paste, and remaining ingredients to pan. Simmer 30 minutes with lid on, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and simmer until thickened (15 -20 minutes). Blend with the cooked pasta of your choice (I used 600 grams of spaghettini) and enjoy!
Just made this recipe, love it! thanks so much.
My mother is Italian Born and Raised in Brooklyn her mother was born in Italy and needless to say she is very Picky when it comes to anything Italian. MOMS SAUCE IS ALWAYS GONNA B MY FAVORITE. That being said this is a VERY close 2nd and she claims to like the 1 I made more than her own she used to make. Mom is unable to cook nowadays and I take care of her meals. Knowing how picky mom can be I was only one brave enough to step up and face her wrath. After eating this sauce the wrath I face from her is to make more that she can save and have when she wants. So in a way I say SWEET AND THANK YOU SO MUCH! On other hand thanks a lot now I have more work to do!
I added 1 bay leaf during cooking. Also, I substituted cayenne pepper for the red pepper flakes. I also added more water (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup more). Overall, an easy go to recipe that freezes well in ready to go meal portions.
Good recipe. I add peppers mushrooms and diced tomatoes to make it nice and thick
This is my go to recipe now and I usually double it, freeze half of it and then make a small batch of lasagna a week or 2 later later.
the sauce was good thank you
When I was growing up, I lived around a lot of older Italians. We all know they make the best sauces for pasta. They all agreed on on ingredient that was a must – pork. I am suggesting that a couple of strips of bacon be added and then disgarded after cooking.
Just made this recipe. Super easy and delicious. I did add some chopped celery and mushrooms as I am trying to make meals that include more veggies. This will be my go to recipe.
I’m trying to find a recipe my husband likes. He is a very picky man. With the sugar added does it taste really sweet? If so, can it be made without the sugar and not taste so bland? He is all about the meat really.
The sugar is there to offset the acidity of the tomatoes. It doesn’t make it sweet :-). Enjoy!
I’m sorry, made the recipe exactly as listed and…it was awful. The Worcester sauce drowns out the flavor of anything else, and it didn’t taste like any kind of marinara/spaghetti sauce I’ve ever had, just worchester tomato sauce. My husband loves anything Italian and both he and I had a couple of bites and then tossed the whole dinner, I’m sorry to say. I’m not trying to hate, but I followed the recipe exactly and it was really, really awful. I even reviewed the recipe thinking I had made a mistake somewhere, but I didn’t.
My family says this is the best ever spaghetti sauce. I agree.
A good solid sauce for everyday use. Definitely going to make another batch for freezing and using in a month. Reading through the pages of comments I really give you a lot of credit for not calling out some commenters who left out half the ingredients and substituted as many more and then still complained. WOW !
Just made this, it is great! Only thing i did outside of the recipe was add 1/2cup of chopped mushrooms and 1/4cup finely chopped spinach(only way i can eat spinach).
Its the first sauce that is like my gramps, he dead now and this took me back 30years to my childhood! Thanks soo much for this 👍
This spaghetti sauce is the bomb … so delicious! This is as close to my mom’s recipe as it gets. If you’re looking for a great recipe, this is it! This will he my go-to recipe. That you for posting this amazing recipe!
My daughter has never, ever liked spaghetti. One day I made this recipe. I went to work, a few minutes later my daughter calls me excited saying she loves this sauce. She is now a spaghetti sauce lover, BUT only of this sauce. Thank you for this recipe. One happy mom.
It’s simmering on my stove right now! And my sample taste is approved! My Mom passed away a few years ago, so I cannot ask fir her recipe: she used to say” you don’t know how to make sauce from scratch?!?!” Well, I didn’t. Now I do!! My Mom would be proud!!❤️
FIRST TIME great flavor loved it. Post more italian receipts
I made this spaghetti sauce tonight. Absolutely loved it. Only thing I did differently was added red wine instead of water. This will be my go to spaghetti sauce. Thank you for a wonderful spaghetti sauce that does not take hours to fix and is full of flavors.
So what’s the 1 cup of water for ?
Could this be made without meat?
Sure, just leave it out.
This is my go to spaghetti recipe! Delicious! It is great without meat too..just use 1lb 12oz can of crushed tomatoes in place of the meat and tomato sauce.
Very much like my family recipe. And YES, of course, you can eliminate the meat! It can be done totally veggie, although not vegan. Or you can add meatballs. It’s a very flexible recipe, although don’t add much garlic, especially fresh garlic. It overpowers the delicate sauce, especially if there is no meat. A half teaspoon of garlic powder is how we changed this particular recipe, otherwise did it as described. I am sensitive to too much garlic, plus these days it seems like people put too much garlic in many dishes. It can overwhelm the other flavors of any recipe.
This sauce was super simple and delicious. I have made it several times, and made lasagna with it once. Super good as is, but a little beef base made it really good.
Excellent taste and the fact the ingredients are highly likely in your kitchen is a plus too. This meal has become one of family favorites and go to.
I didn’t have dried parsley and just used more Italian seasoning. Delicious. So easy, this will become a regular in my house. Thank you!
So much better than a jar!
I agree that replacing the water with Beef Broth is great.
I added fresh sliced mushrooms as well
Great recipe for my nine year-old granddaughter to start learning to read and make recipes. It turned out great.
I always use salt free tomato products, you can get that tomato sauce and tomato paste with Cynthia Fournierlow sodium or no sodium I prefer no sodium I add a little during cooking and it turns out fantastic. Good luck
How could I make this for a low sodium meal? Any suggestions? Thanks for your site, I love it!
They have low sodium tomato sauce and paste. Also you can always boil tomatoes with no salt and blend them and make your own tomato sauce. Don’t add salt to the recipe either.
Use no salt tomato products and garlic powder. It still is very good but low sodium
I added chopped green pepper and may reduce the worchestershire sauce next time but still thought it was great! Even better the second day! Ok
Replace the one cup of water with red wine or beef broth and it’s perfection.
Thank you! I thought the sauce was missing something!
Amazing easy sauce!!! My family loves it!!
MY family loves this Spaghetti Sauce! I make it exactly to your recipe. It’s my Go to forsure! I have tons of tomatoes so tonight I will make this using my fresh tomatoes!
I like to try out different pasta sauce to cook and I tried this recipe but took the suggestions of someone who said they use water and red wine instead of sugar . Not a big wine drinker or ever cooked it in anything so I bought a random $6 cab red wine and gave it a go. Soooo good. I browned the meat in a skillet and added in the seasoning and after I made the pasta I emptied out the pot with the pasta and added in the wine, water, and tomato paste/sauce and then transferred in the meat from the skillet that way I didn’t have to worry about cleaning a lot after. So nice and flavorful
I added brown sugar instead of white sugar.
Great easy sauce! I add a little brown sugar to the sauce. Taste great.
Very easy and simple recipe. Made for a quick dinner.
Family enjoyed it. My first time making my own sauce. L
Best spaghetti sauce I have ever had. My daughter’s eyes lit up when she tasted it. My mother, who is 90 and on hospice…and has lost her appetite for the most part cleaned her plate. I will never buy spaghetti sauce again.
Awesome spaghetti sauce. I made it several times.
This is the best spaghetti sauce recipe we have tried – and we’ve tried A LOT of them with all the picky eaters around here. Everyone finally agrees on a sauce!! It’s simple to make, full of flavor, and really really good! Thanks!!
Easy everyday sauce. Omitting the Worcestershire Sauce and adding finely diced carrot, celery and chicken livers would bring it up to dinner party level.
Good for a quick and easy sauce! Especially considering these are pantry staples for us. I did omit the sugar and use 2/3 c water and 1/3 cup dry red wine. Made with your homemade bread sticks which were wonderful!
Try and put slices of olives stuffed with peppers. Reduce the salt. Trie a little hot pepper sauce and cook.
I just made this for our supper tonight. i left out the sugar, crushed red peppers & Worcestershire sauce. it tastes great so far the real food critics will be trying it out real soon here.
Hi! Maybe I did something wrong but this sauce didn’t turn out like I was hoping. I know there was only a table spoon of Worcestershire but that’s all my husband and I could taste. Thanks for the recipe, I will try it again someday.
Too sweet. Will try again with less sugar.
Made it last night. Hubs said it was good
I added some fresh garlic but wished I added more and a bay leaf it was quick and easy
My family didn’t care for the flavor. I suspect it was the Worcestershire sauce. We absolutely adore the sauce from the World’s Best Lasagna. The combination of the ground beef, sausage and red wine is superb. This recipe was average at best.
I didn’t like spagetthi very much until I found this recipe. Delicious!
Very pleasant recipe.
I substituted no salt added tomato sauce and deleted adding any salt, for health reasons. Still enjoyed. Thank you.
Can you use marinara sauce instead of the tomato sauce?
That would be fine. Enjoy!
This sauce was easy and absolutely delicious! Thank you!
I made this recipe using ground turkey instead of beef and added a jar of sliced mushrooms. It was so good!! I’ll be using the leftover sauce to make stuffed bell peppers.
This honestly was not a great sauce. Very tart and didn’t resemble spaghetti sauce to me.
The only spaghetti my picky 6 year old will touch!! Also one of the only foods she’ll eat! Really good and followed the recipe exactly!
Easy to make and very tasty. I used my frozen meatballs ( just let them thaw and then put them in the sauce while it simmered). This will be my “go-to” sauce!
Can you let it simmer longer?
Yes you can.
Tastes perfect the way it is!
A very good sauce!
made it several times. happy to report, everyone loves it! thanks
This is the same way I make my spaghetti sauce but, instead of water I add chicken broth.
How much chicken broth
You could substitute chicken broth in the same quantity as the water.
We have one of those super picky “I only like noodles!” kids. She absolutely loves this sauce… which is saying a lot in our house. Great recipe!
I made this last night and used half Italian mild sausage and half ground beef. I’m always one to adjust a recipe… every single time. However for this I didn’t have to. It was perfect as is! Adding the basil at the end definitely adds another element of deliciousness. My family loved it!
Made the spaghetti from scratch recipe and it was THEE BEST ! My wife had some for dinner and it was SOOO GOOD she even packed some up for lunch the next day , which she never does ! Thank you . Can’t wait for the next recipe that I WILL TRY !
It’s so good but spicy I try to figure which one of ingredient that causes spicy …
That’s the Red Pepper Flakes. Omit them going forward to remove the spicy “bite”. That said, you could replace that with Paprika! Gives flavor with no bite!
The crushed red peppers is what makes it spicy 😊
Love this recipe. It’s officially my go to. I’ve I have time I like to let it simmer on low for an extra hour. Family loves it
This is now my husband’s favorite sauce. So easy and delicious!!!
Great recipe, a new favorite! Doubled the recipe and froze half for another time. Just as delicious as the first time!
The spagaghetti sauce was great. I wull make it again
Delicious. Whole family liked this sauce. I made it early and warmed up when ready to eat. So good.
Trying it out tonight . Making pasta and didn’t realize only jar sauce I had contained mushrooms which I cannot feed my husband . He is allergic. So I looked in cabinet had everything on list so let’s see if it passes my finicky eaters.
I had company coming over and thought of this recipe,so i tried it,and added a few extra ingredients,diced up red,yellow and green bell peppers very fine,and some.dried mushroom diced very fine,,,and it turned out better than any store bought sauce I’ve ever tried,after dinner i had people asking what kind of sauce i used,and i told them it was homemade,everyone wanted the recipe,so i gave it to them,,As for being a guy,i surprised myself,Never will i buy That stuff in a store again,Thank you so very much…
Was craving spaghetti, but I always like a good meat sauce and not many recipes out there are this simple. Thanks for sharing. I loved it! I had all the ingredients and didn’t need to make a special grocery trip to get anything “special”. I had recently made a tomato tortellini soup that called for the can of tomatoes to be drained. I always hate wasting that great tomato juice. So I used that in place of the water called for in your recipe. I also didn’t have tomato sauce but had a jar of marinara, so I used that in place of a can of sauce. This was so simple and delicious. Would definitely recommend this recipe and will be making this again for sure. Thanks 🙂
OMG!!!!!!! I just made this spaghetti sauce and it is soooooooo good! I added fried mushrooms and sweet bell peppers. I will bookmark this recipe and definitely use it again!
I made this recipe today for supper. Very good. I put the cooked hamburger and onions though the food processor as you suggested and I was pleased with the finer texture. It was a hit and will be making again.
Made this last night for guests. Used ground chuck and some mild sweet Italian sausage. We didn’t have any basil, which I imagine would have been delicious, but the sauce still came out wonderfully. Everyone raved. Thank you for this terrific recipe.
Best spaghetti sauce ever! I refuse to eat jarred sauce anymore. Delicious and easy!
This was too sweet for my taste, wil try without the sugar next time
This is the most amazing spaghetti sauce. My husband will no longer let me used canned so beware! I omit the water as the sauce without it is perfect consistency for our liking.
Try substituting a cup of chianti for the water.
Easy and satisfying. 10/10 would recommend 👍🏻
Sadly this isn’t entirely from scratch as I wanted. I have home grown tomatoes and actually need a recipe literally from scratch. 😓
How to make tomato sauce from home grown tomatoes: cut tomatoes up and heat in pot. As they begin to get soft, mash with potato masher to release liquid. Bring to a boil. Mash further. Run through cheese cloth, fine mesh strainer, or food mill. Return filtered sauce to pot and boil down to desired consistency. Voila! Tomato sauce!
Just made some yesterday. Looking forward to trying it out on this recipe 😋
Tina, what do you save thru strainer the pulp of the tomatoes or the juice. I’m making homemade sauce right now, thanks.
After boiling and mashing the tomatoes, I press them thru a fine mesh strainer with the back of a large soup spoon. This presses some pulp thru. Whatever is left in the strainer, I toss. Its mostly seeds and the skin that is discarded.
Here is the link for canning tomato sauce Ball. It’s tested for safety in home canning!
I’ve made this recipe twice now and love it. This is now my family spaghetti recipe. I especially like what the Worcester sauce adds to it. The only change I make is simmering the sauce with a few chunks of carrot for sweetness, rather than putting in sugar.
Easy and delicious!
Very good. Simple and quick to make.
My husband suggested spaghetti for supper yesterday. We had angel hair pasta but no jarred sauce. I have several cans of tomato sauce in the pantry. I found your recipe and it was a hit! We are 4 months into sheltering in place (older, many health issues) and I have learned how to use what we have because I can’t go out to the grocery. I won’t go back to a manufactured spaghetti sauce because this is better!
I tried this recipe today, and it was so good! I served it over some homemade cheese raviolis, and everyone loved it. Thanks so much!
This recipe convinced me to make my own from now on. My alterations were to add one can of diced tomatoes (plus juice), oregano, savory, 3 bay leaves, and only use 2 tbsp. of basil. It brought the tang of the tomatoes down, and was enjoyed by my entire family. I’ll never go back to pre-made!
Oh yeah, other alterations: sub the beef with Italian sausage, and don’t use water.
I have literally stopped buying my favorite jarred sauce. This recipe is so easy to make and it tastes phenomenal! The only other thing I add to it is one can on low sodium chicken broth. It gives it a deliciously rich flavor. You need to try this recipe. I PROMISE you will stop buying jarred sauce.
I failed to add when I reached for the bucatini I was out I used rigatoni. Wonderful!
I have made homemade gravy a number of times. So many that I no longer by jar/canned sauce.
I found this sauce to be easy to put together and so tasty. My improvisations were to add fresh green bell peppers and mushrooms. I leaned a bit on the crushed red pepper.
One of my favs!
This was my first time making homemade spaghetti sauce. We are very picky eaters but everyone loved this sauce! Only changed made was I used only tomato sauce and no paste. Used just a pinch of baking soda to lower the acid level. We will definitely be using this instead of store bought .
Absolutely the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever made! I used half ground beef and half Italian sausage and it was “the bomb!” My family loved it!
I have made this twice now once according to the recipe and the second time I used half ground beef and half ground pork. My husband loved both! Thanks for this great recipe!
Just made this. Delicious. Best meat gravy I’ve ever made.
This was delicious! Made it with turkey sausage. The red pepper flakes are a great addition.
This was so simple, flavorful, and very addicting! Even my picky 4 year old had four helpings! I used 3/4 tsp. De Arbol Crushed Red Pepper, 3 cups frozen ground sirloin I previously cooked, chicken broth instead of water, and doubled batch for crock pot on High (four hours). AMAZING! THANK YOU!
Good mix of ingredients but too sweet for my family. I reduced sugar to 3/4 of a tablespoon based on the other comments and used a tsp of minced fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I’m not sure if that changes the taste, so I will give it another try next time & omit these sugar.
Easy peasy. Used left over meatloaf ( with mushrooms and onions in it) instead of ground beef and added everything to my slow cooker. Used high for first 4 hours and then turned to low until ready to serve for dinner.
This is simple and SO good. I am the pickiest eater and chunks of tomatoes make me gag, so this recipe is right up my alley! The only thing I did differently was using chicken stock instead of water. Next time, I’ll double the recipe for extra leftovers.
OMG! Best meat sauce EVER. We didn’t have cheese, basil, or tomato paste (used almost entire 29oz can of tomato sauce and NO water instead), and couldn’t get any because, well… COVID, but this was SO SO good. I have tried to make several meat sauces before but none were great, until this recipe. Even my picky toddler ate up his whole plate of spaghetti and made sure it was all gone, before he touched his garlic bread. I simmered for an hour.
I followed this recipe back in April 2019 when I wanted to make a fresh sauce for some meatballs with spaghetti….. when I tell you that it’s been the spotlight stealer every time I’ve made it. I followed it to the T… and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks for this recipe that I will now teach my kids, grandkids, and hopefully great grandkids!
My family loves this sauce my mother has requested that I make her half a gallon of it to freeze. Would I need to double it or triple it to make that much? Thank you.
Doubling it would be shy of half a gallon and tripling it would be more than 1/2 gallon.
Sorry, I didnt really like this recipe. I found it to be much too sweet for my liking, and the worchester sauce was overpowering.
Oh, good night! This is the BEST spaghetti sauce I have ever made. Both my husband and my son thought so as well. I used 1 lb grass-fed hamburger meat and 1 lb Italian sausage and doubled the rest of the ingredients (except for basil and red pepper flakes). I put it in the refrigerator overnight and we ate it the next day. Absolutely incredible. Better than any restaurant or store-bought sauce. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
This is easy & one of the best spaghetti sauces I’ve ever had!
Want a FANTASTIC sauce…..only added a few of my touches, red wine instead of water. 1/2 cup parm cheese and red yellow and orange sweet peppers. Enjoy
Made this for dinner last night and I asked my family how they liked the new sauce – they advised they want me to make it this way from now on! WIN!! Great recipe.
Hi! Should I simmer with a lid on or off?
Love this recipe, thanks!!
Either is fine (leaving the lid off will allow water to evaporate so the sauce will thicken).
It’s a yummy recipe but I added more red pepper flakes… The only thing I can t figure out is the total for the entire recipe is 5 servings. What is a single serving? How many cups or grams is it?
if its for 5 servings and you want it for one, you could just divide by 5.
Pretty good basic sauce, but seriously 30 minutes? No self respecting Italian would serve a sauce that wasn’t simmered for less than 8 hours. (says my friend’s Italian grandmother) I will normally cook a sauce all day, but this one is good with a few hours on it. It’s amazing how the flavors develop with a bit of time. Our whole society has gotten the bad habit of making everything fast. I aslo wouldn’t add water, if it’s too thick, add a can of whole tomatoes along with the juice. Break them up by hand as you add them. It adds some texture to the sauce and thins it without diluting the flavor.
I agree whole hardheartedly!
I made this with a few adjustments. I let it simmer longer to soak into the meat I also added some red wine and more sugar and garden fresh basil. I didnt measure ingredients I just added till I thought it was enough.
This is THE best homemade spaghetti sauce EVER!! Thing only thing I do different is substitute low sodium chicken broth for the water. I make the sauce extra meaty so I had an entire can of broth. DELICIOUS!!!
Double-batch it! I pretty much double every recipe anyways, but this one is especially easy to double up. Huge upgrade from store bought. Very thick, intense flavor.
This will be my go to sauce from now on! I have made several different recipes of sauces with good to mediocre results. I like my sauce a little thicker so searched recipes using tomato paste and came across this one and I loved it!!! Thanks for the recipe!
This recipe will absolutely be my go to…I added fresh sliced mushrooms and meatballs.
Very good. My family loved it.💓
This is a great recipe, super easy to follow and the sauce tasted exactly as I hoped it would. Thanks for posting this!
I make my spaghetti with meatballs, so how would you go about making a flavorful sauce? For me, I’m think about adding some more fresh veggies like mushroom, garlic, some bell peppers, a carmalizing vinaigrette, Creole seasoning and maybe a worcestershire sauce for the spaghetti sauce.
Decided against using the jarred sauce tonight and used this recipe. It was very good! Didn’t have red pepper flakes so left that out, but I’m not one for much heat in my Italian dishes. This would be great to take as a carry-in meal for someone recuperating at home or just a busy mom.
I use ketchup!
Good sauce. Quick and easy. Instead of using regular sugar, I used brown sugar, fresh garlic and instead of water, I used a good red wine. Thank you.
My wife had some uncooked ravioli and her back was hurting, so the B team got the call. I came in from the shop and started looking for a lifeline!
I found this recipe and gave it shot. No tomat0 paste or sauce, so a can of crushed tomatoes and half the water, right?? Rounded up the rest of the stuff, and got after it.
It is quick, and a 15 minute simmer made the tastes gel pretty well. We had some Mozzarella and 3 cheese mix in the ‘fridge to top off the experiment. My wife and son loved it. Very easy and tasty. Thanks for posting this recipe!!
If it tastes like cutting oil, I have no idea why….. (I washed my hands twice!!)
This sauce is a 5 star recipe, has amazing flavor and has become a family favorite. We’really cutting back on sugar and this recipe tastes great without the sugar. So it’s perfect for any diet. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a delicious spaghetti sauce with ingredients that are already in your cupboard.
Excellent! My first try at homemade sauce and it was a hit! Stuck loosely to the recipe, used it as a guide but used 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes in juice and a large can of paste adding 1/2 can of water for the simmering! I also added a few shakes of Parmesan and a few ripped up basil leaves while it simmered.
OMG SO GOOD! thx for the recipe and for giving me the courage to make my own!
I also doubled the recipe. I like to follow the directions just as they are given. However, way, way, too much sugar. I will make this sauce again but only put in a tad of sugar.
I love this sauce! My favorite go to spaghetti sauce. It’s so easy and delicious. I’ve made it over and over, on it’s own with noodles or in lasagna. Love love love
Delicious and so easy to make . I like that it’s easy and most have the ingredients on hand. No chemicals either.
Needed a quick dinner this evening and this sounded like a perfect sauce. We loved it and will definitely be making this again! Spaghetti deliciousness!!
Such a good basic recipe! Love your site!
Omg–a spaghetti sauce my husband will eat! It doesn’t sound like a miracle, but trust me–it is. This sauce is perfect in every way, and even better the next day. This is now my go-to sauce for Italian dishes. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Made this last night- doubled the recipe so I could freeze some. My family loved it! Made it exactly as written and would not change a thing! Will be making lasagna next week and this will be the sauce I use- can’t wait! Thanks for a delicious recipe! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
My family and I absolutely 💜 the recipe and it was so fast and easy! Thank you
Made this recipe without basil leaves. We loved it but next time I will use fresh garlic. We love garlic and the garlic salt was not quite strong enough for us. Thank you for sharing!
This is my husband’s favorite pasta dish that I make. It’s part of our regular dinner rotation now. Thank you for sharing.
Made this last night for dinner and it was awesome. Followed your recipe except I left out sugar and there was only a half cup leftover. Will use this in my next lasagna. Thanks for this easy homemade recipe.
Worchestershire sauce, who’d have thunk? Very good flavor, even my picky toddler allowed enough to make his noodles slightly pink, but I ate more than I was expecting. Thank you!
I was out of tomato sauce, so used crushed tomatoes and pureed them with a little water. All else exactly the same. It was really good! Although I did enjoy the worchester sauce, I might try it again with a bit less just to play with it. Great, simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!
It was ok, but I was a little disappointed.
I just made this for supper tonight and it was delicious…and I’m Italian!
I made this recipe. I didn’t have tomato paste or tomato sauce, so I subbed ketchup for the paste and diced tomatoes for the sauce. It was wonderful! My family loved it! There were no left-overs! Thank you!!
This was really good! I followed the recipe exactly for the first time but next time I will decrease the sugar.
Thanks for the great feedback!
I didn’t have a jar of spaghetti sauce one night so found this recipe online. Had the ingredients on hand so I made my own sauce. Super easy and the family loved it! Don’t think i’ll ever buy pre-made sauce again!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Tasty recipe, instead of the tomato sauce put some fresh tomatoes in a blender Blended well added to the Burger. What I do is add a can of spicy V-8 juice instead of the pepper flakes.
Have never tried Worcestershire sauce in my spaghetti sauce.
I absolutely LOVED this recipe! Had some relatives come visit for the day, that I had not seen in many years.
The gentleman’s childhood favorite was spaghetti, so I thought I would surprise him with this dish.
It was a HUGE HIT! They loved it! As they were leaving, I took out a little for my husband for dinner, and gave them the rest to take with them. (Normally, I fix spaghetti sauce using a sauce mix, or sauce in a jar. I thought I would go
the extra steps to make it from scratch.) It will now be my special “go to” recipe. :^) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
**Note: I doubled the recipe, but did not use the red pepper or any bay leaves.
Thanks for sharing Deborah, I’m really happy to hear it!
Easy and delicious! Love the slight kick from the pepper flakes.
Made it with all sausage…1/2 hot ..1/2 regular…it was delicious!!!
Super easy to make. Taste fantastic with sausage and ground beef!
This is mostly how I usually make it. But tonight something was off and I couldn’t remember what was missing. It was the Worcestershire sauce. Thanks for the reminder.
I did not add red pepper flakes because I did not have any. I also made it with a bit less sauce and paste but this was amazing! Super easy and the smell made it very hard to wait the full 30 minutes! I will make this again for sure.
Just what I was looking for. That’s going to be on the table tonight!
FYI, when in my misspent youth I worked in a taco joint, and they taught us to take an old fashioned potato masher to the meat to break up the big pieces. When you figure in cleanup time, it’s actually quicker than the food processor.
Mash the meat from the beginning, before chunks form, and do it again every couple of minutes until all the pink is gone.
Thanks again for the recipe.
Thank you for the tip!
This was my first time making sauce from scratch and using Italian sausage and it was a success. Loved it. We will use this recipe from now on.
5 stars +.!!!Amazing. I make this as often as I can. I make extra and freeze in freezer bags,when ready for it I boil a big pot of water and then drop freezer bag in for 10/15 minutes maybe less. It taste as if I just made it. Awesome sauce!!!
How to tone down heat from red pepper flakes
dont add the red pepper flakes.. or add less. if I’m making the sauce for my kids I just dont put crush red pepper flakes in
Do you have a receipe for making the tomato sauce and the tomato paste? I’d like to can the sauce and paste during the summer when I have plenty of tomatoes.
I don’t currently, sorry!
I made this spaghetti sauce tonight, I put it in my crock pot… it is so good!!! Will be making again, thank you!
How long did you cook it in the crock pot
This is THE best sauce!
If I’m making this sauce for meatballs, can I just make it without the meat ?
Having just discovered Lauren’s apparently delicious website, I have yet to try this recipe, but I’d like to offer this alternative to the 1 T sugar, for those (like my wife) who like their spaghetti sauce not especially sweet : carrot! A large slivered, diced, chopped or grated carrot or parsnip mellows out the astringency of the tomato nicely without overt sweetness. Additionally, a pinch or two of baking soda reduces tomato’s excess acidity without altering the flavor of the sauce, which is one reason for adding sugar—to combat the sourness of not-very-sweet “love apples”.
I love that idea–thanks for sharing!
Its simple and delicious! Everyone loves it!
Tried this recipe. It is very good recipe easy to make. This is my go to recipe for spaghetti sauce
Love this recipe! Tried it about a month ago and every loves it! Been making it once a week since! Thank you!!
I did this recipe once and have only did this recipe for my spaghetti ever since. So easy and so delicious!
I am not a great cook but I can follow instructions. I was looking for something to replace the bottled sauce I have been using for years. I had tried 5-6 recipes from other sites and all were acceptable but not “keepers”. This recipe is a keeper. This is how I will be making my sauce going forward. Thank you for sharing.
Next I am going to try the sweet and sour chicken because that is something I have never made successfully at home and the bottled stuff from the stores are horrible.
Thanks for sharing Chris! I’d love to hear what you think of the sweet and sour chicken!
I tried this recipe with half sausage and half ground beef. I also let it simmer for a couple of hours. I served it with noodles I had just made. If was a fantastic meal! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
The recipe as is, is great. I’ll never understand why people leave a review and then say oh but I added such and such. Make it as is and you will enjoy it.
Delicious sauce and easy recipe! I made this sauce per the recipe and added diced zucchini, red bell pepper and mushrooms and sauteed it all for 5 hours on low in the crock pot. We absolutely loved it. I’m enjoying several of your recipes. I’m handicapped and love to cook but can’t stand for a long time and only have the use of one arm. I appreciate the simplicity and efficiency of your recipes, ingredients and instructions. Thank you!!
I love the idea of adding extra veggies! Thank for sharing!
I substitute crushed tomatoes instead of sauce, add petite diced tomatoes and squeeze wedge of fresh lemon for a zesty fresh taste since my herbs are usually dry store bought. This is my go to recipe with my couple of personal touches.
I think the recipe had good bones. I wasn’t a fan of the Worcestershire sauce because it gave it like a bbq taste. I added 1-2 tbsp of soy sauce. I used 1 tsp baking soda to neutralize the acidity, but still added the sugar. I added extra garlic with the meat. I also added a whole carrot to simmer for extra flavor and sweetness; I removed it when finished. Overall good.
I also add beef bouillon. And I use whatever tomato products I have on hand, whether it’s my homemade canned tomatoes, or tomato sauce, puree, whatever you have it will be good!
HI. I USE KETCHUP AND SEASONINGS AND IT’S DEEEE LICIOUS!!! ?????️????
No just no ?
Recipe came out Great, so yummy !!! I didn’t use the tomato paste. I Just didn’t have any. I also used marinara sauce and a can of tomatoes. I’ve never used Worcestershire in my sauce before and I think that’s what the kicking ingredient was.
funny how all the recipes say to use tomato sauce. I use tomato “puree” because it’s guaranteed to have less added ingredients that can alter the overall flavor of the recipe. And to further differentiate my sauce, I add some beef consome. And a note about white sugar. It is added to cut the acid from the tomato to help eliminate any of your guests who might suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion.
I double the meat … yumo
Easy to follow directions. There is something off about the taste though. I added the basil leaves so maybe I should have omitted that step. I’m going to let it simmer for a couple of hours to see if that will make it taste better.
Thanks for sharing.Very taste and easy to cook
Thank you! This recipe was easy to follow and make! It tastes amazing as well!
Am I suppose to cook the pasta in the sauce or boil the pasta in water
Boil the pasta in water (as directed by the box you are using!) Then serve it with spaghetti sauce :).
Very good and easy too!!! Will make again. We made it with less onion and was still really great. Thank you for sharing this recipe ?
Excellent recipe! Have tried many, but this is the best!
This recipe is the best I have tasted. The ingredients needed were in my cabinet & fast and easy to make.
Good bye sauce in a jar!