“Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe: An easy and quick family spaghetti sauce full of flavor.”

Watch me make Grandma Barb’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe from start to finish!


When Grandma Barb passed last year, I was the person in the family that received all of her handwritten recipes. It was such an honor to have my family trust me with these priceless gems. I spent this past weekend putting the enormous collection into photo albums for safekeeping.

I’ve looked through the collection so many times over the past few months and feel so blessed and thankful that she took the time to write out our family’s favorite recipes.

I can’t tell you what a comfort it is to be missing her and be able to whip up one of her pound cakes and have it taste exactly like how I remembered.

Back in September when I was searching through her recipes it dawned on me that I never got a chance to get her homemade spaghetti sauce recipe and nobody in the family had it either.

I was devastated because I’ve always LOVED her simple spaghetti sauce and she hadn’t changed the recipe since I was little. I still remember the smell of her making this pasta sauce in huge batches and stashing it in gallon freezer bags in the freezer. It lasted for months and she used it to make lasagna, ziti, and even simmer it down for manwiches on occasion.

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Family Spaghetti Sauce Recipe for the win!

I combed over her recipes meticulously several times hoping I was in there but with no luck. Well one day when my husband joined me in looking through her recipes for her lemon pound cake, guess what we found???

Her homemade spaghetti sauce recipe!!! My heart dropped!  How in the world did I miss that?? I smiled and said “thank you mama!” because I couldn’t help but feel like she’d snuck that in there for me.

I made it for dinner the same day and my boys said, “can we have this spaghetti sauce every time we have spaghetti?” lol It seemed like just yesterday that I was sitting at my grandma’s table doing homework and eating this spaghetti sauce and now here I am serving it to my own kids.

Time flies. Passed-down recipes are such a blessing.

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What’s so good about this Spaghetti Sauce?

What I love about my Grandma Barb’s easy spaghetti sauce recipe is that’s it’s so quick, easy, full of flavor, and simple enough to make on the weekdays. It’s super chunky and full of fresh onions, garlic, herbs, and the perfect blend of spaghetti sauce spices.

No need to ever buy the jars! This is a very basic spaghetti sauce recipe that you can easily tweak to your family’s liking.

If you’re looking for a classic homemade spaghetti sauce recipe give this one a try!

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow onions, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Grass-fed ground beef
  • Tomato sauce
  • diced canned tomatoes, undrained (basil, garlic, and oregano)
  • thyme
  • paprika
  • black pepper & salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • Fennel seed
  • Celery salt
  • granulated sugar
  • dried basil
  • dried parsley
  • dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder *optional
  • bay leaf
  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley

 

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How to make Grandma Barb’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook until tender and then add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add ground beef, chopping the beef with a rubber spatula or. ground meat chopper to spread it out in the skillet. Season beef.
  4. Cook until beef is done and then drain off the fat.
  5. To the skillet, add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. (You can chop up the tomatoes if you prefer them smaller)
  6. Combined all the spices (except for fresh basil and fresh parsley ) and stir them into the sauce.
  7. Add the bay leaf.
  8. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  9. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. If you want to simmer long or want to thin out the sauce, add a bit of water or chicken broth (Now’s a good time to make your spaghetti noodles)
  10. Stir in the fresh basil and parsley and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  11. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings (go easy on the salt if you plan on serving with parmesan cheese) Sauce will taste even bolder the next day.

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Add-In Ideas

  • Pepperoni
  • Red wine
  • Black olives
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Fresh herbs
  • Shredded carrots (for natural sweetness/thickness if you don’t want to use sugar)
  • Red & Green Bell Pepper

FAQ’s

Can I replace the ground beef? For this spaghetti meat sauce, you can go meatless and leave out the ground beef or you can replace it with Italian sausage, ground turkey, or ground chicken.

Does this spaghetti sauce have tomato paste? Although most homemade spaghetti sauces include tomato paste,  this sauce does not.  So if you don’t have any on hand, no worries! Although if you prefer a deeper tomato flavor you could mix in a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.

How do I store this spaghetti sauce? Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. It also freezes well.

Want to make homemade meatballs? Try these delicious basic turkey meatball recipe!

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Want to make spaghetti sauce using fresh garden tomatoes? Try this recipe!

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What to serve with this Spaghetti Sauce

Make it a meal by pairing this sauce with spaghetti noodles. I like to dress up my noodles by tossing them lightly in garlic-infused olive oil, and fresh parsley.  Add a side salad and cheesy garlic bread. Don’t forget the sweet iced tea!

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Enjoy!


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Get the Recipe: Grandma Barb's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

5 from 15 ratings
Family favorite homemade spaghetti sauce, seasoned to perfection! So simple and easy!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. seasoned ground beef (see note)
  • 2 (14 oz cans) diced tomatoes (I used the basil, garlic, and oregano flavor from Hunt's brand)
  • 1 (30 oz can) tomato sauce ( I used Hunt's brand)

Spice Mix

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, (optional addition but I love it!)
  • 1 generous pinch fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and cook until tender and then add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add ground beef, chopping the beef with a rubber spatula or a ground meat chopper to spread it out in the skillet. Season beef. (see note)
  • Cook until beef is done and then drain off the fat.
  • To the skillet, add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. (You can chop up the tomatoes if you prefer them smaller)
  • Combined all the spices (except for fresh basil and fresh parsley ) and stir them into the sauce. (See NOTE)
  • Add the bay leaf.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. If you want to simmer longer or want to thin out the sauce, add a bit of water or chicken broth (Now's a good time to make your pasta)
  • Stir in the fresh basil and parsley and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings (go easy on the salt if you plan on serving with parmesan cheese). The sauce will taste even bolder the next day.
  • Serve sauce on top of pasta.

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Notes

Ground beef seasoning: I season my ground beef with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. However, feel free to season your beef to your liking. If you want more flavor add 1/2 teaspoon paprika,  1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.
Sauce seasonings: If you use other brands of canned tomatoes/sauces you may want to add the seasonings gradually and taste after each addition. Some brands use more salt, sugars & other seasonings.
12 oz of spaghetti noodles is the perfect amount if you want to combine it with the sauce.
Cuisine: American, Italian
Course: Dinner, Lunch
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