The Best Spaghetti Sauce EVER! {Recipe}

I love spaghetti. Actually, I love any pasta dish. Italian is my favorite.

Growing up my mom always made the most delicious sauce. A recipe that was handed down throughout my family. A recipe that I have yet to get my hands on.

So, what do I do? Improvise, of course.

I'll be honest, a lot of times I'd buy canned spaghetti sauce, mix it with beef and call it a day. I hope you're not cringing too much.

Then? This recipe came into my life & changed the way I'll ever make spaghetti again.

Spaghetti Sauce

First up, gather your ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil
1 large chopped onion
1 finely chopped carrot
2 minced garlic cloves
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1 lb lean ground beef (not pictured, as it was cooking during this pic)


  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. 

  • Add ground beef to skillet. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes. 

  • Stir in tomatoes and tomato puree, salt, red pepper flakes and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend and for sauce to thicken slightly; spoon sauce over spaghetti. 


If you try it, let me know how life-changing it is. ;)


Meg O. said...

Oh my YUM!

Jennifer said...

Looks good. My husband would kick me if I deviated from my recipe though.

Heather @ From Here to There said...

I have never made homemade spaghetti sause (I'm the person that continues to use a store bought jar and some ground turkey meat), but I'd love to try this recipe!!

Casey said...

Looks amazing! I've always wanted to try my own sauce!

Suze said...

That looks delicious! My family recipe is very sweet, and I don't like it. I'm very interested in trying this! Thanks for sharing

Nicole said...

I'm guilty of dumping ground beef into a can of sauce too..it's too easy to do! But homemade sauce is always SO much better! In mine, I also throw in some shredded zucchini-mostly because my garden is over run with it during the summer!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

This does sound great, I will have to try it!

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Meghan said...

I so need to try this, because I LOVE spaghetti and meatballs! I could eat it every single day!

Regine Karpel said...


Heather said...

I don't think I've ever had carrots in spaghetti sauce! I need to try this.

Kelly said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh MY. This looks SOOOO delicious!! Thank for posting :-D

Melissa said...

Do you happen to know what the serving size is or about how many servings the recipe should make?

Megan Ehman said...

Do the red pepper flakes make this sauce spicy? I never use pepper flakes because I can't eat anything remotely spicy. But it seems like the small amount may not do anything but give it flavor? Not sure. Thanks in advance!

Mina Fontana said...

Super good!! I've made a lot of meat sauces but this is the only one that my husband said, "this is restaurant quality," and "bookmark this one." I now have a go-to meat sauce - thank you!!


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