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Savory Spaghetti Sauce


  • 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 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • 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

  • rllewis7
    Jun 22, 2015

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

  • Remenec
    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.

  • Aestira
    Sep 16, 2015


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