Spaghetti Sauce Recipe That’s Simple to Make

Spaghetti Sauce Recipes aren’t as complicated as you think. You can get a really tasty sauce made in under 45 minutes and have your house smell like an Italian Grandma’s kitchen for the rest of the night (speaking from experience, it’s a good smell!). There’s about 15 minutes of prep work and then another 15 minutes of letting it simmer in a skillet.

You could start your noodles on another burner about halfway through make this so both get done at the same time. It wouldn’t hurt to make those first, either.

You’ll need the usual stuff you’d find in the kitchen to make this spaghetti sauce recipe.

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What You’ll Need to Make It

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareLarge SkilletAmazon
CookwareSpatulaAmazon
CookwareKitchen scaleAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoonsAmazon
CookwareSmall kitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareCutting boardAmazon
CookwareCan openerAmazon
Cookware2 potholdersAmazon
CookwareWooden spoonAmazon
Cookware1/2 cup measuring cupAmazon
Ingredient1/2 pound bulk Italian sausageStore
Ingredient1/2 pound 93% lean ground beefStore
Ingredient1/2 cup onion, chopped into tiny piecesStore
Ingredient1/2 cup onion, chopped into tiny piecesStore
Ingredient1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoesStore
Ingredient1 6-ounce can of tomato pasteStore
Ingredient1 teaspoon basil leavesStore
Ingredient1 teaspoon sugarStore
Ingredient1/2 teaspoon saltStore
Ingredient1/4 teaspoon pepperStore
Ingredient1.5 teaspoons minced garlic or 2 cloves choppedStore

Let’s Start This Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Get your skillet and set it on a burner.

skillet

Following that, get your hot Italian sausage

hot italian sausage for spaghetti sauce recipe

Measure out 1/2 a pound of that and throw it in the skillet. Since there was exactly half a pound in the container, I just cut it in half and threw that in.

Italian sausage for spaghetti sauce recipe

After that’s in the skillet (which should be on the lowest heat), get your ground beef.

ground beef for spaghetti sauce recipe

Grab your kitchen scale for this part of the spaghetti sauce recipe.

kitchen scale for spaghetti sauce recipe

Measure out 1/2 a pound of ground beef. I wanted to avoid getting any on the glass part of my scale, so I used a plastic container.

ground beef

Throw those in the skillet, too.

ground beef and italian sausage

Break them up with the spatula and work the meat around a little bit. There should be plenty of fat from the Italian sausage to keep things lubricated in the pan, but, you could always throw some butter or olive oil in there, too.

Once the meat’s spread around, let it cook a bit. You should turn the heat up now to medium-high if you haven’t already. It should only take 8-10 minutes for the meat to actually get cooked for this spaghetti sauce recipe.

cooking meat

After that, get a cutting board and kitchen knife for cutting up the onion.

Grab an onion. The one I used was probably too big since all you’ll need is a half cup of it diced.

Peel it and then get ready to chop it up for this spaghetti sauce recipe.

Start choppin’.

chopped onion for spaghetti sauce recipe

Chop it even more than in the picture above, then fill up the 1/2 cup measuring cup with it.

onion for spaghetti sauce recipe

Next, get your basil leaves.

basil

Chop up enough of those for a teaspoon.

measuring spoons

Next, load up 1 teaspoon.

basil for spaghetti sauce recipe

Dump that in with your onion.

basil in onion

Next, get your minced garlic. You could also chop up two cloves.

garlic

Measure out 1.5 teaspoons of minced garlic.

garlic for spaghetti sauce recipe

Add that to the onion and basil mixture.

minced garlic

After that, dump all of those things into the meat.

spaghetti sauce recipe dumping

Mix it all around with a wooden spoon (or any spoon works too) for this spaghetti sauce recipe.

Once that’s out of the way, take your measuring spoons again and get ready to use those.

measuring spoons

Get your pepper.

pepper

Measure out 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

measure out 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Dump that into the skillet.

pepper in the skillet

Stir all that around.

stirring spaghetti sauce recipe around

I know that this doesn’t really look like a spaghetti sauce recipe so far but bear with me.

Next, get your sea salt.

Measure out half a teaspoon of that.

salt

Once you’ve measure out half a teaspoon of salt, throw that into the skillet.

throw salt into skillet

Mix that around and then get your can opener.

can opener for manicotti recipe

Grab a can of diced tomatoes for this spaghetti sauce recipe.

diced tomatoes for manicotti recipe

Get that can open. My can opener has some serious mileage on it.

opening a can of tomatos for spaghetti sauce recipe

Once it’s open, dump it into the skillet.

tomatos for spaghetti sauce recipe

You may want to drain the liquid from it first in the sink. I kept it in, but ultimately decided that I would’ve been better off draining it.

tomatoes in spaghetti sauce recipe

Then, grab the tomato paste. I figured all I’d need was tomatoes, but you gotta get the paste in there, too.

Open it up with the can opener for this spaghetti sauce recipe. We’re in the home stretch now!

Dump 6 ounces of that in the skillet.

tomato paste

Stir it around really well once it’s all in there.

spaghetti sauce recipe tomato paste

Stir that really well for this spaghetti sauce recipe. Then, last but not least, get your sugar.

sugar

Measure out 1 teaspoon of that.

sugar for spaghetti sauce recipe

Dump it into your skillet and mix everything around really well.

skilet with sauce in it

Once all of that’s in and mixed around really well for this spaghetti sauce recipe, you need to bring the skillet to a boil for a few seconds and keep stirring it. Then, lower the heat all the way down and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Stir consistently while all that’s happening.

Notecard Version of This Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Throw 1/2 pound of ground beef and 1/2 pound of Italian sausage in a skillet on lowest heat. Use a spatula to break it up.
Chop up 1/2 cup of onion, 1 teaspoon of basil, and 1.5 teaspoons of garlic or minced garlic. Combine in 1/2 cup and throw into the skillet with the meat.
While periodically mixing those things around, throw a 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the skillet and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. You could also throw in 1 teaspoon of sugar at that point.
Next, dump a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes into the skillet, mixing those around, too. Then, dump (or spoon) 6 ounces of tomato paste into the skillet as well.
Bring the skillet to a boil for a few seconds and then reduce the heat all the way down. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring periodically. Once it’s done, remove it from the heat.

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.