Homemade spaghetti sauce

Spaghetti sauce is the ultimate comfort food for me, and this version never disappoints!

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This is my ALL TIME favorite spaghetti sauce recipe!

Side note: I was definitely going to name this post “mom’s spaghetti,” but then I realized that since I was in middle school in the early 2000’s and that phrase will always be associated with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” So I refrained.

Anyway, today I’m sharing my mom’s homemade spaghetti with meat sauce. My mom is one of the best cooks I know, and her spaghetti is one of my favorite meals of all time. Seriously, I requested it for my birthday meal more than once.

To be clear, this is an Americanized red sauce. I wouldn’t call this authentic, but its 100% delicious either way!

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All the ingredients laid out together – sort of for blogging pictures, but more so because it keeps me from forgetting steps.

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Brown the ground beef (or turkey, whichever you prefer). Drain the excess fat (I leave a tiny bit to grease the onion’s cooking), then add in onion.

Homemade spaghetti sauce is the ultimate in comfort foods - Teaspoon of Nose

After the onions have had a minute or two’s head start, add in garlic.

Homemade spaghetti sauce is the ultimate in comfort foods - Teaspoon of Nose

All the tomato-based ingredients. I like to use canned whole tomatoes instead of chopping because I think they have more intense flavor, but it’s most likely because that’s how my mom does it so I continue the tradition. Adding most of the spices are my additions to mom’s recipe. I usually just eyeball it, so feel free to do what tastes good!

After it cooks for several hours, everything melds together nicely. You may need to crush the last chunks of whole tomatoes with your spatula, but they should be soft and easy to stir the last bits in.

There it is! It’s easy to make and freezes well, so I try to always have a batch in my freezer. The recipe makes enough for a crowd (maybe 8-10?), so I can usually freeze half every time I make it.

Mom uses ground beef, but you can easily substitute ground turkey for the health and price difference. Sometimes I can taste a difference in other recipes, but in a sauce this flavorful, I can’t.

Tools you’ll need: large pot.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Cook Time20 minutes
Simmer3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, sauce
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 18 oz tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil dried
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 dash cayenne pepper


  • Brown beef. Drain excess fat, but leave a little.
  • Add onion, cook until a couple minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute or two, until onion is clear.
  • Add everything else, and cook on low for several hours, stirring only occasionally.

That’s it! Super easy. And oh so good!

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