Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

Some people think spaghetti should be reserved for the cold weather months. But, I have to disagree. Spaghetti is great year round and after all, the summer months are when you can find the best basil to pile on top of your pasta - and that's really one of the best parts of the dish!

Growing up, my mom often made spaghetti once a week - and that was fine by me because it was my favorite thing to eat. I recently had my mom teach me how to make her sauce and it's surprisingly simple. Just a few ingredients with minimal prep and cooking - my favorite type of recipe ;)

As an adult, I like to eat my spaghetti atop a large pile of spinach and topped with lots of basil. If you want to get fancy, you can chiffonade the basil, but since I was feeling lazy, I just tore it by hand.

Yes, that is green AND purple basil on my spaghetti!

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

3/4 pound ground beef (I used 85 percent lean and skimmed off the fat)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
1-2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

Add the ground beef to a large pot and cook over medium heat. Add the diced onions and garlic and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.

Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian Seasoning. Simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes.

So there you have it - the simplest spaghetti sauce recipe. The only thing easier is opening a jar of pre-made sauce, but I can guarantee it won't taste nearly as delicious!

My questions for you:

  • What was your favorite meal growing up?
  • Do you have a favorite recipe for spagehtti?

Happy hump day, everyone!

- ST


  1. This sauce looks so good! I hate to admit it, but I'm totally turned off by the spaghetti noodle. I love fettuccine and rotini, but am totally not into spaghetti.

    My nana always simmered sweet sausage in her sauce. mhm!

  2. Ha, funny you should say that since I ended up using linguine noodles when I made this batch of spaghetti :) Yum to sweet sausage!

  3. I've been wanting a homemade sauce recipe for awhile, thanks for posting!

    1. Let me know what you think if you try it out!