Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

When it comes to pasta it doesn’t get any better than spaghetti and meat sauce.

Spaghetti was always one of my favorite meals when I was growing up.

I love this meat sauce because it is easy to make and has such a wonderful flavor. I like having sauce left over to freeze and it is always great for those busy weeknight meals. Sometimes I will use this sauce on lasagna or pizza.

As a menu it is great with a garden salad and a side of garlic bread.

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 8



  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14 ½ oz.) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) can of olives drained and chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) can of mushrooms drained and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • ¼ cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small chopped zucchini squash
  • fresh parsley
  • red pepper flakes



  • Heat olive oil in deep pot over medium high heat.
  • Add the crumbled beef and chopped onions and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown and onions and garlic are tender. Skim off excess fat.
  • Add remaining ingredients; cover. I use my rice pot and slow cook for 2 hours, but you can also use a dutch oven and simmer for 1 ½ hours; partially covered. Simmer until sauce is thick. Stir occasionally during cooking.
  • Serve warm with cooked spaghetti. I like angle hair for serving my meat sauce, but spaghetti is always a favorite too!


  • Cook spaghetti in large kettle of boiling salted water according to package instructions
  • Stir in butter. Plate and ladle sauce over the spaghetti. Sprinkle shaved Parmesan and chopped zucchini and maybe a little cracked pepper with parsley at the side

Here are some pictures of the ingredients I used:

Can of olives drained and chopped.


Parmesan cheese for garnish

Fresh squash and parsley from my garden as a garnish.


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