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Savory Spaghetti Sauce

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
    6 servings (about 1 quart)


  • 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.

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  • Motheroften
    Oct 15, 2020

    This was easy and delicious! I added a can of petite tomatoes and a green pepper. I will make this often in my crock pot.

  • momofajj
    Sep 11, 2020

    I like how quick and easy this was! And tasty. I subbed one can of tomato sauce for 1 cup petit stewed tomatoes and 1/2 cup beef consommé. I topped the dish with fresh Parmesan.

  • Kmorcom
    Nov 16, 2019

    This is such a delicious recipe! I always double the batch so we can have leftovers!

  • Clark
    May 25, 2019

    Cooked this Spaghetti Sauce recipe as written with fresh basil and oregano plus one added garlic clove and it was excellent! I like using the dutch oven to cook it down as it does not burn with stirring at 10 minute intervals. I will make a double batch next time!

  • Kristine
    Jun 27, 2018

    I’ve been using this recipe for a few years now, and my family loves it. The only thing I do differently is change the sugar to 3 tablespoons because my husband likes it sweet. I haven’t bought jarred sauce since I found this recipe. Thank you so much!

  • Gary
    Mar 16, 2018

    Excellent meat sauce! It was easy to make the flavor was great. I followed the recipe as shown and will keep making it this way. I did double the recipe to freeze and added homemade meatballs.

  • Kathy
    Feb 12, 2018

    Excellent sauce! So Flavorful, and easy to make. I like a sweeter sauce so instead of 2 teaspoons sugar , put in 2 tablespoons sugar.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 24, 2017

    The savory spaghetti sauce make an excellent meal.

  • snogle81
    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.

  • dzz1qy
    Sep 2, 2015

    Good and very easy