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Spaghetti Meat Sauce poured over spaghetti, on a plate

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

The spaghetti meat sauce is an easy, delicious peek into the wonders of Italian cooking. Easy prep and easy cleanup, perfect for busy weeknights!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How Do I Make Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe, How TO Make Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe, Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 409kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1/2 pound ground beef 80/20
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage loose
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional


  • Brown ground beef and Italian sausage in a large pot over medium heat. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Increase heat to high just until sauce begins to boil. Reduce heat and maintain a simmer stirring occasionally, for 1-hour minimum or longer, up to 4 hours develops better flavor.
  • Serve over cooked spaghetti.


Makes enough to dress 1 pound of spaghetti.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 889mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 17.8mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 4.9mg