A Simple Spaghetti Sauce


Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of my favorite Italian Classics. I grew up on it. I decided to post a second version in case you don’t have 5 – 8 hours to tend my other recipe¬†as it simmers. I myself don’t always have that much time to wait, so when I don’t I often use a jar of marinara sauce and just doctor it up a bit. A jar of spaghetti sauce can definitely come in handy when needed, but to me they just lack flavor. All it takes is a few fresh ingredients along with some dried herbs and you’ve got a spaghetti sauce worthy of an Italian restaurant. I love a simple weeknight meal that pleases everyone and this simple sauce is sure to do just that. Enjoy!


A Simple Spaghetti Sauce

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce*
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic , minced (I love garlic so I use 2)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil , plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary , crushed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • shredded Parmesan , Romano or Mizithra cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into hot oil and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef as you stir, until browned. Drain fat from beef (I like to process the drained, browned beef in a food processor for about 5 seconds so it's finely ground but it's not necessary). Return browned beef to skillet, add marinara sauce, remaining 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary then season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a gentle bubble, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover saucepan and allow to cook 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm, tossed into or spread over pasta, then garnish with shredded cheese and fresh basil ribbons.
  2. *I recommend Classico or Barilla. I think many of the others have too much sugar or corn syrup in them and they taste as such.
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • The Cooking Actress: I make a sauce like this every now and then when I’m pressed for time-always delicious :) November 6, 2012 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: Homemade spaghetti sauce is the best! Love how easy this is! November 6, 2012 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I love that this doesn’t require too much time to make! November 7, 2012 at 2:30am Reply

  • Loretta E.: This sounds so easy and delicious! I have a more ‘involved’ version on my menu for this week, but this would be great to have on hand as well. November 7, 2012 at 4:41pm Reply

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