Classic Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Why go store-bought when you could go with this classic and delicious sauce? (Bonus: it freezes great!)

  • Prep: 20
  • Cook: 70
  • Portions: 8-10

Ingredients You'll Need

  • 2 lbs. Meridian extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups onions, chopped & divided
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 1 can (355g) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 cans (355g ea.) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (794g ea.) crushed tomatoes
  • 250g mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. dried basil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add 2 cups of onions, and sauté until slightly browned. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add beef, and cook, breaking into small pieces, until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add bell pepper into pot with beef and onions.
  4. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and thyme. Cook for 1 minute, stirring until combined.
  5. Add diced and crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, beef broth, and sugar. Stir and add bay leaves.
  6. Bring sauce to a boil, and then reduce to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and let sauce rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Discussion 5 comments

Linda Ireland says:

I don’t see garlic or basil in list of ingredients. How much of each?

dylan says:

Hi Linda — sorry about that! You’ll need 5 cloves of garlic and 3 tsp of dried basil. We have now updated the recipe to include this 🙂

Wilma says:

Hey Guys, you forgot the garlic and the basil in this copy. You need to add the 5 cloves of garlic and 3 tsp of dried basil!

dylan says:

Thanks so much for catching that and bringing it to our attention, Wilma!

Ashley says:

The cans of tomatoes & paste …what size cans are they(in ml)
Never seen it in grams before

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