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Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

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I guess it’s finally time to post our spaghetti sauce recipe. Our Pizza Sauce has been one of our top recipes for like forever now and we think you’ll love our easy spaghetti sauce just as much. It has great flavor and it can easily be a vegetarian sauce or meat sauce. Either way our quick and easy spaghetti sauce is getting canned this summer for a whole year of easy recipes and I’m excited to let you in on our secrets.

read more: Love this spaghetti sauce recipe? Then you’ll also love our Italian Bolognese Sauce as well!

quick and easy spaghetti sauce, our favorite actually. ohsweetbasil.com

The first thing is that we add very finely chopped peppers to our sauce versus just a tomato sauce. You can’t really tell they’re in there unless you chop them bigger, which we do sometimes just to give it variety, but they add a layer of flavor that is totally missed without them. Then, like our pizza sauce, we add a little brown sugar. It doesn’t make the sauce sweet because of the peppers and herbs, but it smooths it out in a way that you have to try to understand.

Can Spaghetti Sauce Be Frozen?

Tomato-based sauces tend to freeze the best and thaw with the best results, but meat-based sauces can also stand up to freezing.

Spaghetti sauce should be cooled and then put into a freezer-safe container or even a heavy duty freezer bag and then frozen.

Properly stored, spaghetti sauce will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.

How Long Will Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Keep in the Refrigerator?

Homemade pasta sauce will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

It should be stored in a container with a tight fitting lid.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

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Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter optional or sub more olive oil if you're being healthier
  • 1 lb ground beef 60% chuck, 40% brisket **optional
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 cup onion minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 dashes of red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil *1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 2- 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large sauce pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter.
  • As it begins to melt, add the meat and begin to cook until barely pink still.
  • Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the seasonings, stirring them in, then the tomato paste, sauce and diced tomatoes.
  • Stir to combine and finally the parmesan, brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Allow to simmer for at least 10 minutes or you can cook it very low all day to allow the flavors to really combine.


may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • This sounds alot like the spaghetti sauce I make, except I like mine more chunk (bigger vegie pieces). Also I add a lb of Italian sausage (ground or cut up links), sometimes spicy sometimes not.

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    • I love italian sausage in the sauce. I need to post that recipe too!

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  • After much success making your pizza sauce recipe, I had to try this spaghetti sauce. I totally despise bell peppers. But in this sauce, although I can still taste them, the flavors all come together wonderfully and I just absolutely love it. My husband is very particular when it comes to spaghetti sauce. He has said for the past few years that my sister makes the best spaghetti sauce. But she uses store bought sauce and adds to it. When I made this, he has declared this his new favorite. I had enough left over sauce that I was able to freeze it for the next time we have spaghetti.

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    • Beverly, I’m so glad you mentioned that. This is actually the recipe that started to sell me on peppers as I used to hate them too! Maybe you’ll start to like them more if they are caramelized. That was my next step. 🙂

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  • Brown sugar, ketchup, peppers, mangoes, especially mangoes and sometimes sausage are all excellent and delicious additions to spaghetti sauce. Great recipe for those who have never tried some of those lil extras that make it turn from a run of the mill sauce into the most delicious spaghetti of your life!

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    • Sausage and peppers and carrots are our favorites to add. You’re so right, it makes it soooo much better!

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  • Spaghetti sauce is being tried today.

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    • Hope you love it!

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  • This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat Spaghetti.

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  • Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of all this canned stuff that has Lord knows what in it?

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    • Hi Evelyn, you could certainly use the equivalent, but there are also fantastic organic canned tomatoes out there there aren’t full of anything. 🙂

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  • What board did you pin this recipe to? I am having a heck of a time trying to find it 🙁

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  • Hi. I was just wondering how this spaghetti sauce could possibly only take 10 minutes prep time. What am I missing here? I must be really slow but I know by glancing at the list of ingredients that I could never accomplish this in 10 minutes.

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    • Hi Kathy,
      prep work is basically just a quick chop of the ingredients. It only took me a couple of minutes, but the cooking takes longer. 🙂

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  • I can’t wait to try this. All the homemade sauces I’ve made are always watery and this looks perfect!

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  • I loooove classic, perfect, base recipes like this pasta sauce!

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  • I LOVE how thick it is!!! YUM! How are you lady?! We need to do a Christmas cookie exchange again this year 🙂

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    • Or something! Pie is sounding good too!

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  • Could canned this or would it be better to freeze it?

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    • Either one!

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  • Your pizza sauce recipe is the only one I use since I found it, so I’m sure your spaghetti sauce recipe will be just as spectacular!!

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    • That’s seriously awesome!!! I’m so thrilled you like it!

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  • This sounds perfect!

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  • Yum! This looks great Carrian! Love the addition of red pepper and brown sugar to give it some depth. Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Thanks for sharing, Carrian! I’ve tried several homemade spaghetti sauce recipes and haven’t ever been satisfied. I love peppers in sauce and am intrigued by the brown sugar you added. Will try:)

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