The Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever

The Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever! An easy recipe for homemade tomato and meat sauce for spaghetti or other pasta.

Yes. The best spaghetti sauce ever. I use this sauce over pasta, in lasagna, even on pizza. No lie, I have even observed others who shall remain nameless eat it cold out of the fridge as a chip dip. I do not suggest this but, hey, whatever floats your boat.

My mom makes the best spaghetti sauce and, of course, when I got married, I asked for the recipe. Thing is, she never uses one. That's how you know something is good. So she did the best she could to give me a basic base sauce that I could take and just run with like she does. This recipe is the result of that and me experimenting with different amounts and ingredients.

The Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever! An easy recipe for homemade tomato and meat sauce for spaghetti or other pasta.

I never measure either so I had to actually figure out how I make it for this post.

So without further ado...

The Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever


  • 1lb Italian sausage{or lean ground beef}
  • 1 medium to large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 {14.5-15oz} cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 {14.5-15oz} cans tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 bay leaves
Brown meat with onion in a stock pot. When meat is browned and onion is tender, add Italian seasoning and minced garlic. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Turn to medium-high heat and add everything else. Cover until sauce is completely hot and heated through. Once the sauce is hot, uncover, turn to low heat and simmer for an hour. Letting it cook uncovered helps to get rid of some of the liquid, making a thicker sauce. If you like a thinner, more watery sauce, keep it covered the entire cook time.

Remove the bay leaves{good luck finding them!} and serve any way your heart desires!

This recipe makes an almost full stockpot of sauce. I can usually get a few meals out of it for the week. It freezes well too which is nice for a busy day. Just pop the container of sauce out of the freezer and thaw for a bit{or run under water} to loosen it and than plop it in a pan to continue heating it up.

The Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever! An easy recipe for homemade tomato and meat sauce for spaghetti or other pasta.

Yum! I love it coated with a thick layer of Parmesan cheese and served with garlic bread. So good and great comfort food!


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  1. No recipe... sounds like me and my mom! I always have to experiment with my own recipes in order to get the measurements right so I can use them I'm my blog! Your recipe looks almost identical to my recipe! You are the only other person I know that uses brown sugar! Your pictures look so delicious!

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  3. I thought I had the best sketti sauce recipe….but the addition of brown sugar….Oh my goodness…sounds fabulous! Gonna try it next time I make sauce. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with us at Throwback Thursday and hanging out with us. Have a great week!


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