The classic spaghetti sauce made at home is the secret to bringing everyone to the dinner table every night. Our family favorite is made with ground beef, tomato paste, and a secret seasoning mix that I am going to share in this recipe. The flavor bouquet is fantastic and the smell lures every little spoiled monster to dinner, without further invitations.
My recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce is so full of flavors and it’s easy to make it in large quantities for freezing or canning for easy homemade meals that are prepared ahead. This is one of the main benefits that my mom-friends find about this spaghetti sauce with ground beef. They prepare the sauce once, store it in the freezer, and their kids can prepare some flavored and homemade spaghetti any time, in just a couple of minutes.
Spaghetti with Meatballs
One very popular variation of this recipe is adding meatballs to the sauce once it’s ready. However, if you want to go for this “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti option, you’ll have to drop the ground beef from the ingredient list. Also, I recommend, for an extra twist, using my chicken meatballs recipe. They are full of parmesan cheese and super crispy on the outside. Once they soak into the tomato sauce, the texture will become something to die for.
This quick and easy recipe for chicken meatballs is the best way to make meatballs at home. Using your oven to bake them and parmesan and freshly chopped parsley for the unique flavor, these ground chicken meatballs are the key to any meal. You can also prepare them ahead of time and store the composition in your freezer. So, this recipe is your new little help around the kitchen!
These crispy chicken meatballs with herbs, garlic, and parmesan are delicious and take only 30 minutes to prepare. How awesome sounds that!? Moreover, as I already said, you can store the meatball composition in the freezer and cook it fresh while you prepare the spaghetti and heat the sauce.
How to Make Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef
This is one of those dishes that always tastes incredible and feels like home–and it’s perfect for busy weeknights this time of year! Also, there’s no picky eater that would ever say no to spaghetti! So, let’s find out together what you need to make this recipe and the easy instructions. In addition, I will give you some extra advice about storing this spaghetti sauce.
What You Need to Make Spaghetti Sauce
When it comes to the ingredient list, you just have to remember that the seasonings are the secret. The onion, tomatoes paste, and ground beef are the main ingredients, but the way that you play with the species is the key to making the best spaghetti sauce. This is one classic family recipe that impressed guests for generations with its flavor bouquet. My grandma would kill me if she knew I posted it… lucky me that the Internet is not her best friend!
- 1 pound ground beef;
- 1 medium onion (chopped);
- 5 ounces tomato paste;
- 15 ounces tomato sauce;
- 1 teaspoon dried Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning mix;
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes;
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder;
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes;
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar;
- 1 cup water;
- 1 box spaghetti (for serving);
- salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste);
- 2 teaspoon olive oil;
- fresh basil leaves (for serving).
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Step-by-Step Recipe
Now, that you know what you need, here are the steps that you should follow:
- First of all, prepare the pasta as said in the package indications (is preferred to use spaghetti, but you can also use any kind of pasta you want).
- Heat a large pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil and saute onion in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, until softened.
- Next, add the ground beef to the saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally and make sure that the meat changed its color before moving to the next step.
- Add the salt and pepper to the meat and stir.
- Then, add the tomato paste and tomato sauce. Stir well to combine and bring to a boil.
- Now, add the rest of the seasonings: parsley, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning mix, and sugar.
- Add water and stir well. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add fresh basil leaves and serve hot over spaghetti.
Quick and Easy Video Recipe for Pasta Sauce
Last but not least, if you want to watch me as I prepare this recipe, here is the video recipe we all expected for the best homemade spaghetti sauce.
In addition, for the best storage process, I recommend canning the spaghetti sauce. Don’t worry, if you have some jars, the process is quite simple. Just sterilize 6 pint-sized mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into each jar. Next, fill the jars with prepared spaghetti sauce, leaving 1/2 inch at the top. Finally, place the lids and bands on the jars, secure them tightly, and keep them in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes.
Enjoy Your Pasta!
All in all, there you have it: a deliciously hearty pasta sauce for your dinner gatherings with your loved ones! What do you think about it? Did you find it hard to follow the recipe’s steps? Also, did you go for the main recipe or did you change some things about the classic spaghetti sauce? Tell me everything in the comment section below.
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Last but not least, here are three more recipes for spaghetti lovers. One classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe, one Italian turkey meatballs recipe to impress everyone, and a vegan spaghetti sauce for all my vegetarian readers: