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Savory Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Savory Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef and onion until meat is browned 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 over spaghetti. Garnish with oregano if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings (about 1 quart).

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

"The savory spaghetti sauce make an excellent meal."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Good and very easy"

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 Edited Sep. 16, 2015


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."

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"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."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"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."

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