how to make spaghetti meat sauce from scratch | Family Cuisine

Making spaghetti meat sauce from scratch is a process that requires patience and time. There are many variations of this dish, including Italian, Sicilian and East-West. The key to making it is the ratio of ingredients: 1 pound ground beef

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How to make our easy, one-pot, and ultra flavorful spaghetti meat sauce from scratch in under 45 minutes. The kind of meat you use is up to you! Ground beef, ground turkey, sausage, pork, and ground chicken all work in this easy sauce. Jump to the Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Making Our Favorite Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce

We love incorporating as many healthy, fresh ingredients into our meals as possible, which is why we love making recipes from scratch. We also don’t enjoy hovering over a hot stove for hours (who does?). Like you, we live busy lives and expect dinner on the table quickly.

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Fortunately, this easy sauce fits right into our busy schedules! Homemade spaghetti sauce is easy to make and it can be made well in advance.

For a meatless version of spaghetti sauce, try our homemade marinara sauce. It’s light, easy to make, and delicious. Or try our veggie spaghetti!

How to use the sauce

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We use this homemade sauce lots of ways! Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Toss with spaghetti or other pasta shapes. We use it for making our easy weeknight spaghetti recipe
  • Spoon onto zucchini noodles (zoodles), sweet potato noodles, baked spaghetti squash (my favorite) or serve over a bowl of roasted vegetables.
  • You can even make lasagna with this sauce.
Pot of Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

How to Make Spaghetti Meat Sauce From Scratch

We’ve made this sauce countless times and are always happy that we did. The sauce starts with a base of ground meat. We love keeping the sauce on the leaner side and use ground turkey, but any ground meat like beef, pork, chicken, and lamb will work.

After browning the meat in a little oil, we add chopped onion. When the onion starts to soften, more aromatics go into the pot. We add garlic, tomato paste, and spices.

Then when the aromatics are warmed and fragrant, we pour in a little liquid to help scrape any stuck bits from the bottom of the pot. There’s lots of flavor down there! For the liquid, you can use water, broth, and even wine. It’s all up to you.

Adding tomatoes to the pot with browned meat

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When the bottom of the pot is scraped clean (which takes less than a minute), we stir in canned tomatoes and bring the sauce to a simmer. It cooks at a simmer until reduced (20 to 30 minutes).

As the sauce simmers, we like to taste it every so often to make sure the seasoning is right. Don’t be afraid to add more spice, salt, or pepper.

If the flavor of the sauce doesn’t pop, you probably need a bit more salt. If it seems really acidic, a pinch of sugar will do the trick. If it seems light on flavor, think about adding a few dashes of fish sauce or minced anchovies (both add a rich savory flavor). Mushroom powder is also a nice addition (we use this a lot in our recipes, you can see why by clicking over to our homemade taco seasoning blend).

Storing / Make Ahead Tips

This spaghetti sauce can be made in advance and should last in your refrigerator up to 3 days and in your freezer for about three months.

We recommend using freezer-safe glass containers, or double layers of freezer bags to store sauces. To thaw, leave it overnight in the refrigerator.

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More Easy Pasta Recipes

  • This Easy Baked Spaghetti combines a simple tomato sauce with ground beef, spaghetti, cheese, and a creamy pesto layer.
  • We use a similar sauce to make our Easy Weeknight Spaghetti!
  • Our readers have said that our Meaty Lasagna Recipe is the best they’ve ever made. We combine beef, sausage, and a homemade sauce.
  • This Easy Fettuccine Alfredo features a silky smooth sauce made with butter and parmesan cheese, cooked sausage, and lightly wilted spinach.
  • For a lighter take on spaghetti, try our Fresh Veggie Spaghetti. The sauce is simple and made 100% from scratch.

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