- 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
- 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.
- 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).
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
Reviews for Savory Spaghetti Sauce
"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."
"Good and very easy"
"Loved the simplicity of this recipe! It's really flavorful, but also really easy to prepare."
"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."
"Excellent! Didn't change a thing and it was perfect! Even better the 2nd day so try to double the batch."
"I've been making this meat sauce ever since it appeared in the TOH in '94. My family really enjoys the flavors of the meat sauce. We love to dip the garlic bread in the sauce."
"Its a great sauce! I'll definatly make it again but double the batch. I made it adding 1/3 cup of sugar as suggested but will probably only add 1/4 cup next time."
"Great basic recipe, I do like my spaghetti savory. However it seemed to be lacking, as we like our spaghetti bold and chunky. So I added extra garlic, a bell pepper, and a sprinkle of Montreal, and sautéed those with the beef. Then I threw in a freshly diced tomato, some chopped portobello mushroom, a few olives, and a 1/4 cup of dry white wine. It really jazzed up the dish, and it tastes wonderful."
"My husband said it was the best spaghetti he's ever had! Wasn't sure whether to be excited or mad! Haha! Definitely a keeper, wouldn't change a thing!"