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The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins

This hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, made with sausage, ground beef, and three kinds of tomatoes, is perfect over spaghetti or in lasagna!

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese sauce, homemade, recipe, spaghetti sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 493 kcal
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 15 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  1. In a large pot or pan, add in the sausage and beef over medium-high heat. Use a spoon to break up the meat into small pieces. Add in the onion and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is browned and no pink remains. Drain off fat. 

  2. Reduce heat to medium; add in the sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley. Add in the tomato paste and stir to combine.

  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes with their liquid, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir well until combined; bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour (ideally 4)

  4. Use right away, refrigerate for later, or freeze for down the road!

Recipe Notes
  1. Isn't this Bolognese sauce? Well, sort of, but not really. Bolognese sauce is meat based like this, but typically made with carrots, celery, wine and/or milk (which are not included here.) Marinara sauce is basically tomato sauce with herbs and onion. So this particular recipe is like a cross between the two!
  2. Don't freak out over the sugar! Sugar, like salt, is a great ingredient that gives balance to food and helps with overall flavor. It is especially needed in a spaghetti sauce to help cut the acidity from the tomatoes.
  3. The longer this simmers the better the flavor. Low and slow, friends.
  4. It can be made ahead and kept refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. You can further extend its shelf life by freezing it, covered in an airtight container, for up to 4 months.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 1796mg75%
Potassium 1467mg42%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1725IU35%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.