Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade spaghetti sauce. Easily customizable. Pile it on top of some pasta! Dig in!!

Updated 02/20/2020

Two pictures.  Top pictures shows a plate with homemade sauce piled on top of spaghetti pasta. Bottom picture shows spaghetti and sauce on a fork.

This Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is simple, yet scrumdillicious. That’s my made-up word for this sauce.  I had to come up with a basic sauce when I was cooking for my kids.  This one didn’t like onions, that one didn’t like olives or bell peppers, I’m not fond of mushrooms. Best thing to do is make a basic sauce and let anyone add something if they wanted to.

How do you make spaghetti from scratch?

Simple.  Start with some form of tomato sauce. I use canned sauce.  Add seasonings, like oregano, thyme, garlic salt or powder, basil, parsley, onion salt or powder (wouldn’t do both garlic salt and onion salt – alternate the salt and powder), and pepper are some of your main spices for spaghetti sauce.

How can I make spaghetti sauce taste better OR why is my homemade sauce bitter?

Two suggestions. Sugar.  Add some sugar to balance out the acidity in the sauce. It won’t make it sweet unless you overdo the sugar. Or baking soda. You could add 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Stir and let sit for a bit and do it’s job before taking another taste test.

Can homemade spaghetti sauce be frozen?

Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti sauce are pretty similar. Spaghetti sauce has spices.  And, yes, they can be frozen.  Go check out Oh My Veggies post on How to make and freeze homemade tomato sauce.

Homemade or Store bought?

Why use Prego or Ragu, when you can have this, about as easy as pouring a jar of who knows what in the pan?  And guess what, you know exactly what’s in this. Do you know what’s in Prego or Ragu?

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Other meal ideas if you are like me and can’t have tomatoes or tomato sauce…

Crispy Parmesan Turkey Strips

Swedish Meatballs

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Basic spaghetti sauce. Easily customizable. Add whatever vegetables that you like in your sauce to make it your own!
Course Main
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 457kcal


  • Skillet
  • 6-8 Quart Pot/Saucepan


  • 1 1/2 Lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Onion
  • Seasoned Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • 2 8 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Basil
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar


  • Brown ground beef with seasoned salt, pepper and minced onions on medium high heat.
    Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
  • Drain the meat once its thoroughly cooked through.
  • Add tomato sauce and the seasonings following the sauce. Simmer for 2 hours.
    Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


ITEMS/INGREDIENTS USED IN RECIPE – If you are interested in any of the items I may have used (or are similar to the items I used) in making this recipe, I have listed all or some of them above within the post. NOTE: These links are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from the sale of certain item. This does not affect your price, it remains the same.
Serve over pasta!


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 4mg
Two pictures. Top shows a fork sticking up from a pile of spaghetti on a plate.


  1. We LOVE homemade spaghetti sauce. We don’t make it very often, but it’s always SO good when we do. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up at Wordy Wednesday! 🙂
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  2. This looks like a great recipe, Bobbi! I’m looking forward to trying it!

  3. Nothing tastes better than HOMEMADE spaghetti sauce!
    One of my favs 🙂
    Thanks for sharing on this week’s Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!!! We hope to have you join us again next week 🙂
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  4. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂
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  5. This is a great looking sauce! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday – Kristina
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  6. This looks really yummy Bobbi! Love the seasoning! There is nothing better then homemade spaghetti sauce and yours just looks yummy:) found ya this morning at moms the word linky. Have a wonderful week!
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  7. I’m going to have to give this a try. I usually buy the canned sauce and then add to it. This sounds delicious!
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  8. Sounds like a quick and easy recipe. Mine is pretty close to yours except I add in basil too. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday.
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  9. It looks delicious. I bet it would be great for making lasagna.
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  10. This looks and sounds great! It’s perfect that you can customize it. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze
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  11. My husband makes his own sauce…I do occasionally as well. Mine tends to be very basic though, tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, and basil and garlic at the end. I’ll have to give yours a try! Thanks so much for linking it up with us at Foodie Fridays!
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  12. I always add meat to my sauce and I’m looking for ways to be more homemade. Thanks.
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  13. I love homemade sauces. I can tomatoes every year so that I can use it for homemade sauces and suck. Thanks for linking at The Yuck Stops Here. We hope to see you again next week!
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    • Your canned tomatoes will be great for this. I will be able to use mine when I start canning my tomatoes. At first, it’s hard to even keep tomatoes around. Everyone wants them.

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  14. I hope you get a chance to try it! Thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime!!

    Have a great day!

  15. Now I just pinned your bundt cake then I found this. Oh please come share them by me – woo hoo! YUMMMM
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  16. It was my pleasure Heidy. Thanks for stopping by 😉

    Have a great day!

  17. Hi Bobbi, I think you came up with a great recipe solution! Thank you for sharing on my WW this week. I am now following you on FB, Twitter and love the way you have done your Pinterest boards, following them all!! Hope to see you again soon, have a great week!!!
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  18. What a great recipe! I will definitely be trying it out next spaghetti night! 🙂
    Found your blog through the Yum Eating link up!
    New fb/twitter follower!

  19. This looks wonderful. The only thing I would add is basil, but I’m pretty addicted to basil. I love red sauce so much!
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  20. This sounds…and looks like my dad’s homemade spaghetti sauce. I’m gonna have to try it out and see whose I like better. Not many people can make it like my dad! I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party!
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    • Cool….you’ll have to let me know. Although, I don’t mind losing to your Dad. Parent’s cooking always seems to hold a special place in your heart. Makes everything taste better. I will pop on over to your party. Thanks for the invite.

      Have a great day!

  21. Hopping over from Hump Day Happenings. You are totally right, what IS in Ragu and Prego! I love making my own sauce as well. Your’s looks yummy!
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  22. I love making my own sauce.mi do it every time I make spaghetti..I’m always looking for new ways to try it. I’ll be saving this to try out the on the fam. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hi Leslie! If you do, hope you like it. You’ll have to stop back by and let me know how it went with the fam. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!!

      Have a great day!

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