How To Make Spaghetti Sauce

Red Pasta Sauce Variations

How to make spaghetti sauce

Today is Father’s Day and a great day for one of my Dad’s favorites. Yep, we used Kraft Parmesan!

Before I tell you about this sauce I’d like to give you the links to my Italian Red Sauces in previous posts. Why? Well, first Dad’s Favorite Spaghetti Sauce is anything but Italian sauce. And while I love this, if you are searching for Italian Red Sauce I don’t want to disappoint you.

Click on any of the 3 links below for a simple Italian Red Sauce. The sauces will vary slightly.

Braciole, Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti Meatballs and Stuffed Mushrooms

Click on the link below for Old Fashioned Italian Sauce that requires more time & ingredients.

Italian Sauce or Gravy The Old Fashioned Way


Now back to my Dad’s!

Those were steak and potatoes days … so maybe the guys preferred steak. But when I made this for Dad, he really loved it. I’m not sure where or how this recipe originated but it became the go to pasta recipe for many years.

Today when making pasta sauce for my recipe posts this is not the sauce I use. This is a stand alone sauce, a one dish meal. It has a place in my recipe book and not just because it’s kinda nostalgic. It has few ingredients … It’s fast & easy, kid friendly, economical, and hearty.


4-5 Adult servings


1 Pound ground beef 85-90% recommended, any leaner and sauce will be very dry and crumbly
1 yellow onion-chopped
30-32 Ounces chopped tomatoes-I prefer petite cut  (This is not going to cook down much.)
8 Ounces tomato sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
A sprinkle of garlic salt-this is the only garlic in the recipe
Large bay leaf
1 Tablespoon of sugar (optional)

Optional Ingredients, one or several can be added:

1/2 Teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 Green bell pepper-diced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 Large carrot-diced


Sauté the onion for several minutes in a large skillet in a tablespoon or two of cooking oil.

Add the other veggies if using and sauté a minute or two longer.

Add the hamburger and brown. Drain excess fat from the pan.

How to make spaghetti sauce







Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, salts and pepper and bay leaf. (add optional spices if using)

If not using Roma tomatoes taste for the need for sugar.

Simmer 45 minutes or longer if you like. That’s it!

How to cook spaghetti sauce







Serve on al dente spaghetti pasta cooked according to package directions. Add a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and you have dinner!


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Click on this link for Blue Cheese Dip that can second as a salad dressing in a pinch.


How to make spaghetti sauce



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