Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is a simple and classic recipe that can be used in so many different ways!

With both ground beef and Italian sausage, it’s all simmered in a zesty seasoned tomato sauce! Perfect over pasta, added to Lasagna or Baked Ziti, and perfect for dipping Cheesy Bread Sticks

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Homemade Sauce is Easy!

This sauce happens to be so fragrant, flavorful, and oh-so-easy to put together!

So Many Uses The best spaghetti sauce is a one-size-fits-all sauce that can be used over pasta, eggplant parmigiana, or even as a sauce over your favorite Pizza Dough!

Add Veggies This pasta sauce is very simple and straightforward but is a great base to add in your favorite veggies if you’d like! Mushrooms, zucchini, or bell peppers are great additions. If you’d prefer a little spice, add extra chili flakes.

Make Ahead This sauce will last a few days in the fridge but it freezes beautifully too so don’t be afraid to double the recipe!


This easy homemade spaghetti sauce uses just one skillet and a few savory ingredients.

MEAT While I do make pasta sauce with just beef or ground turkey, the combination of beef and Italian sausage gives it a little more flavor oomph in this recipe.

SAUCE This recipe has 3 types of tomatoes, crushed tomatoes are the base, diced tomatoes add texture, and tomato paste adds zest.

AN ODD INGREDIENT Shredded carrots are added to this recipe instead of sugar. Tomatoes can be acidic and, while you can’t taste the carrots, they balance out the sauce. (I add them to my homemade marinara too).

Stove Top or Slow Cooker

This recipe can even be made into an easy crockpot spaghetti sauce! Just pre-cook the meat and drain off the fat before adding all the other ingredients to the crockpot.

On the stovetop, set on simmer for a perfect homemade spaghetti sauce!

Overhead shot of a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce with two small bowls of pasta with sauce next to it

How to Make Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Brown meat, onion and garlic. Drain any fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (per the recipe below) and simmer.
  3. Spoon over your fave pasta and enjoy!

How to Thicken

The easiest way to thicken a spaghetti meat sauce is to let it continue to simmer on low heat (uncovered) until the liquid evaporates a little more.

To thicken in a hurry, you can make a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch/water) and add a little at a time but for the best flavor, just let it simmer.

Be sure not to rinse the pasta after draining. The starches in the pasta will thicken the sauce slightly and help it stick to the noodles!

Big pot of spaghetti sauce with a ladle


Spaghetti sauce will last up to about 3-4 days in the fridge (and is one of those great recipes like chili that seems to get better with time)!

To freeze spaghetti sauce, simply cool completely, pour into freezer bags, label and lay flat in the freezer. When making spaghetti sauce, double or triple this for freezing so you’ll always have plenty on hand!

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Review Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This spaghetti sauce is versatile and filled with flavorful and fragrant ingredients! Perfect for any home chef!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup carrot grated
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

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  • Cook sausage, beef, onion and garlic in a skillet until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered 30 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve over spaghetti.

Recipe Notes

Shredded carrots add sweetness to balance the tart flavor of the tomatoes. If you don't have carrots, you can add a small pinch of sugar.
If substituting Italian sausage for another ground meat such as beef or pork, bump up the seasonings a little bit.
To thicken spaghetti, let it simmer uncovered until the liquid evaporates a little more without a lid.
Be sure not to rinse the pasta after draining. The starches in the pasta will thicken the sauce slightly and help it stick to the noodles!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 295, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 558mg, Potassium: 969mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1320IU, Vitamin C: 25.2mg, Calcium: 98mg, Iron: 4.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword spaghetti sauce
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Italian

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce on pasta garnished with parsley, and writing.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce served over pasta topped with parsley and a pot of spaghetti sauce ready to serve, under the title.

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