Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is a simple and classic recipe that can be used in so many different ways! This sauce has both ground beef and Italian sausage simmered in a zesty seasoned tomato sauce for the perfect spaghetti topper!
Homemade Sauce is Best
This sauce happens to be so fragrant, flavorful and oh-so-easy to put together! But 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! This recipes check off all of those boxes!
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.
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 stove top, set on simmer and let the wonderful aromas drift throughout the house! Nothing says ‘mangia bene’ (eat well) like a homemade spaghetti sauce!
How to Make Spaghetti Sauce
This easy homemade spaghetti sauce uses just one skillet and a few savory ingredients. While I do make pasta sauce with just beef or ground turkey, the combination of beef and pork gives it a little more flavor oomph in this recipe. If you are using sausage, try getting Italian sausage since it is pre-seasoned with fennel seeds, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes, so don’t miss out on that if you can find it!
Shredded carrot may seem a bit odd but I add it to my Easy Marinara Sauce as well. It adds a bit of sweetness to offset the tart flavor of the tomatoes and I prefer it to sugar.
- Cook all your ingredients in the same skillet! Be sure to crumble up the meat as finely as you prefer while cooking it.
- Let it simmer until the sauce is bubbly and the delicious aroma fills your house! Don’t forget to stir frequently.
- When the sauce is deliciously thick, ladle over your spaghetti and enjoy!
To really impress your family serve with freshly grated pecorino romano cheese, grana padano, or parmesan cheese. A hot, fresh baguette of garlic bread and a crisp Italian salad will round out this hearty dinner any day of the week!
How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce
The easiest way to thicken a spaghetti meat sauce is to let it continue to simmer on a low heat (uncovered) until the fluids evaporate a little more. 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.
Also make sure you don’t rinse your spaghetti, the starches in the pasta will thicken the sauce slightly too!
How Long Does Spaghetti Sauce Last in the Fridge?
Spaghetti sauce will last up to about two weeks in the fridge but may start to lose its flavor. But don’t worry, just add a little more garlic and some extra Italian seasoning before reheating and you will be good to go! Just as delicious as the first time!
To freeze spaghetti sauce, simply cool completely, pour into freezer bags, label and lay flat in the freezer. How simple is that! Since one serving is never enough when making spaghetti sauce, double or triple this for freezing so you’ll always have plenty on hand!
More Zesty Pasta Recipes
- Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole – delicious and budget friendly!
- Baked Ziti – The perfect easy baked pasta casserole recipe!
- Baked Rigatoni Pasta – must try with this sauce!
- Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna (Ravioli) – use your homemade sauce to keep this recipe quick and simple
- Baked Spaghetti – Zesty sauce and spaghetti baked to perfection!
Easy Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb Italian sausage
- 1 small onions diced
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup carrot grated
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)