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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Put down that glass jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce and take a chance at making your own! Making your own meat sauce can be overwhelming, but it’s worth it when you see how much money you save, and it tastes ten times better. Try my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 34 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 28 ounces of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1.5 pounds of ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound of spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded, optional for topping


  1. Set a large stock pot of salted water to boil. When boiling, add pasta noodles to water and cook per instructions on the box. 
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a saucepan and saute garlic for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  3. Add ground beef and saute until cooked through and there’s no pink left. 
  4. Drain grease, if necessary. 
  5. Add tomatoes, ketchup, sugar, oregano, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium, low. 
  7. Serve over noodles. 


  • Brown the meat first Start by browning your ground beef in a large stockpot. This will help develop a deep flavor and add some texture to the sauce.
  • Use quality tomatoes – For the best flavor, I like to use San Marzano or Muir Glen canned tomatoes. They have a rich and robust flavor that is perfect for spaghetti sauce. Use a combination of sauce and petite diced tomatoes for a heartier dish.
  • Let it simmer The longer you simmer your sauce, the more flavorful it will be. Aim for at least 20 minutes to let all the flavors come together.
  • Add fresh herbs at the end – Adding fresh herbs like parsley or basil right before serving will give your sauce a bright, fresh flavor.
  • Don’t forget the cheese – A sprinkle of parmesan or pecorino romano on top adds a salty, savory finish to your spaghetti sauce.
  • Add Hearty Sides – Serve spaghetti with buttered French bread, a Caesar salad, or both!
  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Entree
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta