Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Happy New Year!  It’s January and I’m so grateful for it!  Time to get back to normal, get things organized and get eating properly again!

I don’t know about you, but now that Christmas and New Years are over, we are craving home cooked comfort foods!  I’m tired of holiday food.  And sweets.  And too much indulgence.  And I’m ready for real food again…the kind of food that fills you up in the deep winter that is January.

And you just can’t go wrong with spaghetti sauce.  This is a favourite in our home!

It’s one of my favourites too, because this recipe makes a big batch of sauce that’s enough for two meals (love that!).  It’s also great because you can use it over spaghetti or in lasagna recipes.  So good!

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  • 1 to 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 – 14 oz can tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 1 – 19 oz can diced tomatoes (plain, no spices)
  • 1 – 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or beef broth if you don't want to use wine)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • For extra nutrition, see below in Notes.


  1. In a large frying pan, brown the beef with the onions and garlic. When the beef is cooked through, drain it, then return to the pan.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, oregano, basil and salt & pepper.
  3. Simmer for about 1 hour, covered.


- For extra nutrition you can add any chopped up vegetable to the sauce that you like: bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms. Just fry them up first in a frying pan until they're cooked yet still crisp. Then add them to the sauce and cook as directed.
- Or you can add pureed yam or pumpkin.
- If you don't want to use ground beef, any ground meat works well in this recipe (especially ground chicken or turkey).
- If you would like to use this sauce in lasagna, you can find my lasagna recipe here .


You can have a homemade spaghetti dinner on your table in just over an hour!
Homemade, simple and quick!  Oh, and delish!


Have a delicious day!


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  • Reply Cindy January 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    HAPPY HAPPY New Years Jo-Anna to YOU & Yours ! Your Spaghetti Sauce Recipe sounds a bit different then mine, so I will “do” yours some day, even though I have been making “do” with mine for years.. New Years for new changes, right?

    “Just Me” xx

  • Reply Kelsey January 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Looks AH-mazing. I pinned it for a day when I am feeling super ambitious! 🙂

  • Reply ThriftDee January 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    That looks like my mom’s sauce! Deeelicious!!

  • Reply Kizzy January 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Oh we love spaghetti and this sauce looks fantastic and really easy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Debi @ Adorned From Above January 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Great recipe. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
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  • Reply Somer April 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    This was great! I used ground turkey, added bell peppers and spinach, a 1 tsp of garlic, and a little more brown sugar. This will be added to the rotation

  • Reply Tracy May 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    This was delish! I left out the meat. Doubled up on everything else. After sauteeing onions and garlic I put everything in a crock pot and dropped my uncooked meatballs in gently and let it simmer on low all day! My kids raved it was the best meatballs and spaghetti they ever had!!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna May 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Yay! I love to hear that! I think I’m going to try your veggie version – it sounds delish!

  • Reply Elena June 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I am making this right now and made some adjustments. I added 4 bay leaves along with an extra tsp of the oregano and basil. also added a jar of store bought spaghetti sauce because it was looking a bit too thick to me. also added half of a yellow bell pepper and half a red bell pepper and then some garlic powder to go with the garlic clove and it smells amazing. I started it at 9 am an its been simmering for 4 hours so far. have enough for dinner tonight and enough to freeze for another time

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Sounds delish! I love this recipe because it’s so versatile! Enjoy!

  • Reply Ashley August 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Just wondering how it freezes and can you can it?

    • Reply Jo-Anna August 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Hi Ashley!
      This sauce freezes beautifully! But I’m not sure about canning – I’ve never canned before! But I don’t see why not! Let me know if you do can it, and how it is!

  • Reply Desiree August 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Just wanted to let you know I found this on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I am about to make it for the THIRD time. It is by far the most delicious spaghetti sauce I have ever eaten. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

    • Reply Jo-Anna August 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Hi Desiree!
      I’m SO happy that you are loving this recipe!! Thank you so much for letting me know – you made my day!

  • Reply Cricket August 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Could you make this in crockpot?

    • Reply Jo-Anna August 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      I’m not sure…I’ve never put ground beef into a crockpot before. But I think you could, if you cooked the ground beef first, then put it in the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients.

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  • Reply Lisa February 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My family loves it and my husband raves about how flavorful it is.

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      You are so welcome Lisa! I’m so happy you tried it AND loved it!!

  • Reply Niki June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I made this tonight! Best sauce ever!! I will make this again and again… I had to use beef consume in place of beef broth and added mushrooms from your suggestions… Otherwise exactly the same. Loved it! Pinned it! Called my friends and raves about it! Thanks for the delish recipe

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife June 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      This makes me so happy Niki! Thank you so much for letting me know – you made my day!

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  • Reply Arial November 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I made this recipe this last weekend. It was simple and very tasty! I added zucchini and bell peppers as you suggested. It made plenty of sauce for two meals. Thanks so much!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Arial! This recipe is one of our faves too!

  • Reply Annisa November 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I’m super excited to make this sauce but it’s only me and boyfriend what’s the best way to go about making this for two ? Thanks !

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    WOW!!!!! I added a bit more of everything but WOW!!! My first time making sauce.
    Thank you for the recipe!!!

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      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It’s a favourite of ours as well! 🙂

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  • Reply Hailey October 16, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Made this last week! Used turkey instead of beef, added mushrooms! Delicious! im making it again tonight .. will add celery and carrots! Thank you for the yummy recipe!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 17, 2015 at 8:56 AM

      You are so welcome – I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love that you used ground turkey, I think I’ll have to try that!

  • Reply Mark February 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna! I have to say this is one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever found online, but THE RECIPE ITSELF IS GONE! AHHHHH!!!!!! In it’s place it says “[mpprecipe-recipe:186]” Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease help or repost or anything! I can’t live without this sauce! =)

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 22, 2016 at 11:20 AM

      Hi Mark! Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s all fixed now! 🙂

  • Reply Breanna May 16, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    We love this sauce! I used 1 lb ground beef, and 1 lb Italian sausage, & it was perfect! Thank you. I’ve been looking for a better spaghetti sauce and this is great. Also, I used a teaspoon and a half of basil pesto, in case anyone is thinking of that. It works perfect!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 20, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      I’m so happy you liked this recipe…it’s our fave too! I love your addition of the Italian sausage too!

  • Reply Sarah May 29, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Found you on pinterest and decided to try making spaghetti sauce for the first time without using the stuff from a jar…. I will never be able to go back! This is fantastic!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 30, 2016 at 3:54 PM

      Oh that is so great! I’m so happy you liked this recipe…it’s a favourite for us too!

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