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Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce
Why buy the glass jar sauces when you can make homemade spaghetti sauce? This spaghetti sauce recipe is super easy, fast and tasty. The use of small amounts of redolent spices gives this sauce interesting overtones. This is not a traditional pasta sauce.

Submitted by: Douglas from Chesapeake, VA
Yield: 6 to 8 Servings


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Preparation Instructions:

  1. Saute onion and garlic in oil, until onion is translucent.

  2. Meanwhile, saute hamburger (or prepare as meatballs). Drain fat from meat.

  3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and all the spices to the onion and garlic. Add the hamburger. Simmer to develop flavor. Serve over pasta noodles of choice.

Douglas McNeill
aboard USS Wasp, at sea

More About This Recipe

To make meatballs, which have a wonderfully light texture, work about ½ cup of club soda into the ground meat for each pound just before cooking.

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out more sauce recipes here.


Based on 8 reviews

Customer Reviews


Unique rich and delicious flavour.

Lauren Smith

My family loves this recipe. Made it for church supper and received lots of compliments. Was unsure at first about adding cinnamon, cocoa, and allspice, but what wonderful overtones! This is our favorite spaghetti sauce recipe! Thanks for sharing Doug!

G W Crawford

Made this last night for 6 including two children. I was told it was my best spaghetti sauce yet! All enjoyed the meal and several commented on the unusual but very good taste. This recipe has a rich mixture of tastes.

Debbie G

Fabulous sauce! Instead of using the ground beef, I opted to use Italian meatballs then I served it over Orecchiette (“little ears”) pasta. I also added a splash of red sherry while it was simmering.
The only thing I will change the next time I cook this up is use 1/2 the sugar (the sherry may have “sweetened” it up a bit, but I like a subtle hint of wine in my sauce).
Mangia! Mangia!


Love this recipe. I use the tomatoes from my garden, because I always have tons, and juice them instead of using canned tomatoes. I don’t eat meat but use all the other ingredients and freeze it for the entire winter. My friends rave about this recipe. I think the cocoa and allspice gives it the soul!


I’m cooking it tonight but instead of using hamburger I’m using Italian sausage hopefully it’ll taste good.


It didn’t give you that much detail

JoJo K

Yummy: I used fresh snipped parsley from the garden, and fresh garlic and dried onion flakes.

There’s a lot of flexibility in this recipe. Very Very Good.

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