Our Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

A rich, meaty spaghetti sauce to pair with your favorite pasta.


Spaghetti – one of our family staples for sure.  We like our sauce on the sweeter side of things and the kids always make sure I’m on top of that when I make spaghetti for dinner.  I know how convenient it is to buy pre-made sauce at the store but it really is just as easy making homemade sauce and really, nothing compares!  I’ll use this sauce for all sorts of pasta dishes too – as a topping to cheese stuffed shells or lasagna.  I’ll use it when we have spaghetti and meatballs too, I’ll just keep the beef out and make the sauce without it.

You can make this in the slow-cooker too, just ground the beef up first and toss everything else in and cook on low 4-6 hours.  You can even toss in your cooked pasta and serve it straight from the slow-cooker for a super easy, weeknight meal.

I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does, served with a nice big hunk of garlic bread and a perfectly chilled red wine – Salute!

Our Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ tsp instant garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 – 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 – 28. oz. can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  1. Brown the ground beef with salt pepper and garlic.  DO NOT drain!
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients and slowly bring to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid splattering.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve with 1 ½ lbs. of your favorite pasta.

Recipe Notes:

  • Not draining the beef, I know – but it really does add extra flavor to the sauce and does not turn out greasy.  If it really bothers you, go for ground sirloin, there’s less fat %.
  • Use a wine on the dryer side like a Merlot, Red Zin or Shiraz.  We drink Red Blends in our household and some of those tend to be a bit sweeter or juicier… If that’s what you drink as well and want to use in your sauce, I’d omit the brown sugar.
  • I’ll sometimes use ½ lb. ground beef and ½ lb. ground Italian sausage – delicious too!

Prep Time:  5 minutes     Total Time:  1 hour     Servings:  8

Estimated Calories per Serving – based on 8 servings – 415.  Estimated for sauce and 3 oz. pasta each.



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