Savory Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Savory Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This fresh-tasting spaghetti sauce is a real crowd-pleaser. I rely on this flavorful recipe often. It tastes especially good in the summer made with fresh garden herbs. —Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Fresh oregano, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 182 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Add the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaf. Serve with spaghetti. Garnish with oregano if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings (about 1 quart).
Originally published as Savory Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 1994, p31

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.


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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"I echo the compliments for this recipe. Since I was aiming for a thick and spicy sauce, I added a little more seasoning than the recipe called for (3-4 garlic cloves, 1.5 tsp. dried basil, 1.25 tsp. dried oregano, 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper; I kept the measurements for salt, sugar and bay leaf the same as listed above), added a variety of meats (1/2 lb. ground hamburger, 2/3 lb. boneless chicken breasts, 2 mild Italian sausages, 24 pepperoni slices, cut into quarters), and reduced the amount of tomato sauce (one 15 oz. and one 8 oz. can). The spaghetti sauce turned out exactly as I had hoped."

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Good and very easy"

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Loved the simplicity of this recipe! It's really flavorful, but also really easy to prepare."

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Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"This is a very good spaghetti sauce recipe. I went a little heavier, however, with the spices to add some additional flavor. I couldn't find fresh oregano at my grocery store so I opted for fresh basil. The recipe calls for just a teaspoon of fresh basil, however, I added approximately 3/4 of a cup. I like my sauces extra sweet, so I added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, rather than the 2 teaspoons of sugar called for in the recipe. All in all, it was a spicy, delicious sauce that was enjoyed by the whole family."

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014 Edited Sep. 16, 2015

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