Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Spaghetti meat sauce in a pot

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce is beefy, juicy and so satisfying. This Meat Sauce recipe comes together fast so it is perfect for busy weeknights, and it's freezer friendly.

Author: natashaskitchen
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: meat sauce, spaghetti meat sauce
Calories: 309 kcal
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 lb ground beef 15% fat
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 24 oz marinara pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 12 oz spaghetti to serve


  1. Place a pot or dutch oven over medium heat, add 1 lb ground beef and sautee, breaking it up with a spatula until no longer pink (5 minutes).
  2. Add chopped onion, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp pepper and sautee until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic and sautee another 1-2 minutes until fragrant then pour in 1 jar of marinara sauce, 1/4 cup water and 1 tsp sugar. Cover and simmer over low heat 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook 12 oz of spaghetti in salted water to desired doneness according to package instructions then drain. Serve sauce with cooked pasta.

Recipe Notes

There are 2 ways to serve spaghetti and meat sauce: Add drained spaghetti to the finished sauce and toss to coat. Or, Add pasta to warm pasta bowls and top with meat sauce.