Meaty Spaghetti Sauce



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Hi Friends,

It is Spaghetti Wednessssssssssssday (insert happy dance)! Why yes, it is as awkward as you imaged it to be . Usually I’m excited for pasta but today I made fresh meaty spaghetti sauce. Which takes everything to a whole ‘other level. Can I just say that I am super excited about dinner today?   

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I make it by the gallon and freeze it for mid week pasta nights or in my case mid-morning pasta cravings. This meaty spaghetti sauce is just that amazing. My kids love spaghetti and “the sauce” as my family calls it. If I would allow them, I am positive my kids would eat it everyday. What’s even worse is that I am tempted to do it because I am secretly addicted to pasta.

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Usually Wednesdays are when I stand in front of the fridge and ponder life—what is the meaning of life—-why can’t I fly or have the moves like Jagger? (Sigh…  insert the feels). This is all brought on by the HARDEST question to answer: What to cook for dinner? However, today is not one of those days, because I am prepared for all of life’s obstacles: Wednesday night dinner, being cool enough to wear fringed clothing or scarves in florida.

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You can top it over regular spaghetti, ziti, shells or in lasagna. It also freezes well too so on days like these you can have dinner more than half way finished. just boil pasta and smeaeeeeeer. Perfecto! Meaty spaghetti sauce for the WINNNNN!!!

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Confession time: I love day old pasta with sauce because I totally have leftovers for breakfast. Don’t you think pasta is equally as delish the next day?

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5 from 2 votes

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 table spoon brown sugar
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 3 sprigs fresh Thyme
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley minced
  • 1 teaspoon crush red pepper flakes adjust to taste we like it spicy
  • extra parmesan cheese to serve
  • fresh crack black pepper to serve


  • To start open the canned tomato and crush with your hand or a fork. set aside
  • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until it is browned. Remove the meat from pot and place to the side.
  • Discard the grease in the pot, but do not clean. Put the pot back on stove and put in the olive oil. throw in the onions, stir for about two minutes until the onions look almost transparent- then add in the garlic. stir for an additional minute, do not let the garlic brown.
  • Pour in the Vegetable broth and allow to reduce for 1 minute. Add in crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to combine, then add: oregano, thyme, soy sauce, turmeric , sugar, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper. Add the ground beef and stir to combine. Cover the pot and allow to simmer for 1 hour (Low and slow). Stir occasionally. Keep extra broth on hand if it needs more liquid.
  • After an hour, add parsley and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine, Allow to simmer for 15 mins. remember to discard the bay leave and thyme steams before serving.
  • Serve over spaghetti with extra olive oil.
  • Digggggggg in
Author: Ann
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Comfort food


Spaghetti meat sauce

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  1. Michal Marcus says:

    This is a great recipe. Already cooked it twice and everybody loved it. Second time I cooked it I already doubled the amounts and freezed in ziplock bags. It looks like I’m going to cook it again, in the near future. Thanks for posting it.

  2. I will most definitely try this. Your recipies really are fantastic!

    1. Awwwwwwww Thanks Mom! 🙂 🙂

  3. This looks amazing. There is nothing better on the first night of fall!

    1. It is one of my favorite things in the whole world… give it to me on bread/pasta I’m a happy girl.

  4. I love spaghettiii and always opened up to trying many different kinds!
    Joua to the Rescue

    1. I have never met a spaghetti sauce that I’ve never loved! Hope you like it this one best too!

  5. I am getting hungry just looking at these pictures! I know what I am making for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Kate!! Tell me how you like it!

  6. Um…YUM! I am so all about pasta dishes, especially ones with a nice, hearty feel to it. This sauce looks amazing – especially for the cool temps in the fall up here in Cleveland!
    xx, Karen
    Glam Karen

    1. I can image the nice fall breeze in Cleveland 🙂 Hope you like it Karen!

  7. I’ll have to try this! My husband is a extremely picky spaghetti eater and this sounds like something he just might eat!

    1. Awesome Rae! I hope you guys like it 🙂

  8. WOW this looks so good. And your photos are out of this world – I can smell it through my screen. I must try this spaghetti sauce. I love making my own vs buying the jar!

    1. Thanks Chrissa! When you make it fresh, it is out of this world!!!

  9. Spaghetti is my favorite meal EVER!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! Hope you like it!

  10. I absolutely love meaty spaghetti sauce! Sometimes I use ground beef, or switch it up with ground turkey. But either way, it’s gotta be meaty! 😉

    This sounds so delicious, especially the touch of brown sugar, yum. I will definitely try this during our next pasta night. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Mia! Just that hint of brown sugar makes it so special.

  11. I am stopping over from Blog Passion Project. My kids love spaghetti! I add soy sauce to a lot of stuff, but have never thought to add it to spaghetti sauce; will need to try the next we have spaghetti.

    1. Thanks Kim! Hope you like it! Definitely try it with soy sauce!!! The Blog passion project is so awesome 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    This looks amazing. I am at work and now I have the urge to go back home and make this. Awesome recipe!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Jasmyn!!!! Hope you like it!

  13. 5 stars
    I have not heard of Cento before your blog post! I will look for it the next time I go to our organic foods store!
    A meaty pasta sounds so good right now with the Fall season finally here!
    I prefer my pasta sauce extra meaty!
    Great recipe it will be added to my list of things to make!

    1. Thanks Joely! Hope you like it! Cento’s tomatoes are so fresh even though there in a can(hahahaha).

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