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.
1 cup: 182 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.
May 25, 2019Cooked 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!
Jun 27, 2018I’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!
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.
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.
Jun 24, 2017
The savory spaghetti sauce make an excellent meal.
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.
Sep 2, 2015
Good and very easy
Jun 22, 2015
Loved the simplicity of this recipe! It's really flavorful, but also really easy to prepare.
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.
Sep 16, 2015