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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

A homemade spaghetti sauce recipe (with meat) that you can have on your table in about 1 1/2 hours! Delicious served over fresh cooked pasta.

This homemade spaghetti sauce is the ultimate in comfort food!  This recipe makes a hearty tomato and meat sauce that is delicious served over fresh cooked pasta.

Homemade is worth it!

You just can’t go wrong with homemade spaghetti sauce. This tried-and-true recipe is a favourite in our home. It’s rich, flavourful and so delicious. It’s one of my favourites recipes also, because this recipe makes a big batch of sauce that’s enough for two meals (love that!). So you can use half for spaghetti night, and use the other half to make somethings else!

More Recipe Ideas for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce:

  • Put this pasta sauce over fresh cooked pasta. 
  • Use the sauce in homemade lasagna or this Easy Ravioli Lasagna 
  • Pour some over buns and top with cheese for a delicious sloppy joe type meal.
a top down view of a pot of Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe Tips:

  • Ground Beef: I use ground beef for this spaghetti sauce. But any ground meat works well in this recipe especially ground chicken or ground turkey. You can also use a beef and Italian sausage combination (1/2 beef and 1/2 Italian sausage). Another nice combination is a beef/pork mix.
  • Tomatoes: This recipe calls for canned diced tomatoes, but you can also use canned crushed tomatoes instead. And if you have San Marzano tomatoes, these are the best!
  • Red Wine Substitute: Feel free to use beef broth instead of red wine.
  • Optional Additions: For extra nutrition you can add any chopped up vegetable to the sauce that you like: bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots. 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.  You can add also add pureed yam or pumpkin.
  • Freezing: This recipe freezes well. Let the sauce cool, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Slow Cooker Option: After you’ve browned the beef with the onions and garlic, then drained the excess grease, instead of adding it to a stock pot, put everything (the browned beef and all the remaining ingredients) into a slow cooker and cook it on LOW for 4 hours.

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


Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

A homemade spaghetti sauce recipe (with meat) that you can have on your table in about 1 1/2 hours! Delicious served over fresh cooked pasta.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop


  • 1 to 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 114 oz can tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 119 oz can diced tomatoes (plain, no spices)
  • 15.5 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
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. In a large frying pan, brown the beef with the onions and garlic. When the beef is cooked through, drain the excess grease.
  2. Add the cooked beef to a large stock pot.
  3. Now add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, oregano, basil and salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a light simmer.
  4. Simmer over low-medium heat for about 1 hour, covered.
  5. Serve over fresh pasta and with grated parmesan cheese.

Keywords: spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, homemade tomato sauce

More delicious pasta recipes!

Simple Cherry Tomato Sauce

a top down view of a bowl of spaghetti and tomato sauce

Easy Ravioli Lasagna

Easy Ravioli Lasagna {A Pretty Life}

Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

And for a vegetarian option, Simple 30-Minute Tomato Sauce

30 Minute Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

Have a delicious day!

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    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

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    January 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

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

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    January 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

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

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    January 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

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

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    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.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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    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

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    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!!!

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      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!

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    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

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      June 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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

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    August 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Just wondering how it freezes and can you can it?

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      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!

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    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!

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      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!

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Could you make this in crockpot?

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      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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    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.

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      February 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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

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    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

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      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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    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!

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      November 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

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

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    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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    Mr. T
    February 8, 2015 at 12:27 PM

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

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      February 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

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

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    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!!

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      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!

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    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! =)

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      February 22, 2016 at 11:20 AM

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

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    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!

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      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!

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    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!

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      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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    January 2, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    I loved this sauce. Best homemade sauce I’ve done. It’s about as close to my mom’s actually.

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      January 3, 2017 at 11:24 AM

      I’m so happy you love it! It’s our favourite too! Happy New Year!

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    April 30, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Making this for dinner tomorrow, Monday May 1st. Thanks! Yum!!!

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    June 30, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for the past few years and it’s so delicious!!

    I love the flavor of the Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar mixed in! (I add yellow bell peppers, and extra Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. )


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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      July 10, 2018 at 8:26 AM

      Hi Krista! It really is SO delicious isn’t it?! I need to make it again too!

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    November 18, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe. I added one green bell pepper, 1 celery stalk and 2 bay leaf. This recipe reminds me of my moms spaghetti. Definitely will keep this one!! The best!!!

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    December 5, 2018 at 2:01 AM

    5 stars
    Your recipe has been my go-to recipe for meat sauce for years. I add mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and dried chilli/pepper flakes. I use half beef and half pork. I just finished the last batch I made/froze a month and had to pass along my reviews. Hands down one of the best meat sauces!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 5, 2018 at 9:27 AM

      I love to hear things like this Susan! I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe…it’s a favourite here too!

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    January 8, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    5 stars
    Just made this for my family. Turned out so delicious they devoured it! I added peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. Love the hint of wine in it!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      January 9, 2019 at 7:39 PM

      This makes me so happy Irene! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it…this sauce is a favourite here too!

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    January 24, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    5 stars
    made this today my wife and I both loved it

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    March 23, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Bar far THE best recipe. Used red wine ..added extra brown sugar. Cooked all day so worth the effort.

    Any guesses on nutrition content?

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