Spaghetti Sauce - Mel’s Quick Weeknight Homemade

6 servings


30 minutes

total time


1 pound ground beef, ground turkey, or ground pork (or a combination)

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic (finely minced)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon coarse, kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

28- ounce can crushed tomatoes

8- ounce can tomato sauce

1-2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

Hot (cooked noodles, for serving)

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for serving, optional)


In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground meat, onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks, until the meat is not longer pink.

Drain any excess grease.

Stir in the tomato paste, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for about a minute, until the mixture smells fragrant.

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce. Stir to combine.

Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes (or as long as you like/need).

Serve over hot, cooked noodles.


Serving Size



172 kcal

Total Fat

4 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



47 mg


749 mg

Total Carbohydrate

16 g

Dietary Fiber

4 g

Total Sugars

9 g


20 g

6 servings


30 minutes

total time
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