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Simple Spaghetti Sauce over spaghetti pasta in white bowl.
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Simple Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Simple Spaghetti Meat Sauce is so flavorful, hearty and is done when the pasta is done. A perfect weeknight dinner staple that the whole family is going to love. 
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Heather


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1 bay leaf, dried or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes, add more if you want more heat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2- 28 oz cans San Marzano tomatoes, or any plum tomato or crushed tomatoes


  • Brown beef in a large pot until no longer pink, drain any grease.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Cool for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and spices. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and use a wooden spoon or your hands to break up the tomatoes into small pieces. Stir it up good.
  • Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and toss sauce with pasta.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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