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Pasta on a white plate topped with homemade spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


This hearty and flavorful homemade spaghetti sauce that uses simple pantry ingredients is sure to become a family favorite dinner staple.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz.) can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup pasta water/ beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar (optional)
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. pasta for serving


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until evenly cooked. Drain any excess grease and remove beef from the pot.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic in some olive oil until fragrant.
  3. Toss in green peppers and sweat with the onions and garlic until soft.
  4. Add tomato paste and saute until it caramelizes and turns brick red, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add whole peeled tomatoes, diced tomatoes and reserved pasta water/beef broth.
  6. Season with Worcestershire sauce, sugar,  red pepper flakes, basil, oregano,  Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes to a few hours.
  8. Do a taste test and adjust seasonings as needed.
  9. Dish and serve hot over your favorite pasta.
  10. Enjoy!


  • Add more veggies – Bulk up the sauce a little with mushrooms, olives, or fresh spinach.
  • Beef it up – I like adding some meatiness to the sauce with one or two crumbled beef bouillon cubes.
  • Red wine – Add a splash of red wine to give the sauce some nuance.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins