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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


  • 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 serving (1 cup) equals 182 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 559 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  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

Nutritional Facts

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

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"This recipe is hands down a keeper. I followed it exactly only adding red peppers flakes for spice and parm. cheese b/c of personal preference. Absolutely delicious, simple and makes the house smell great while you're putting it together. One thing though. This is a very small recipe...I'm not sure if the submitter with the 12 children is only feeding her top favorite 3 kids :-) with this but whatever you do, double/triple the batch. We are only a couple and we each had one serving with 1 somewhat large serving leftover for my husband's lunch tomorrow. If you are a family of four you will definitely want to make more."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"Excellent! Didn't change a thing and it was perfect! Even better the 2nd day so try to double the batch."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"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."

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