I adapted this recipe from the one my mom always made and taught me how to make. Hers always used the packets of spaghetti seasoning you can buy at the store, then she started using the large mix you can get at Sam’s club. I like using the large bottle and just measuring out the amount.
That mix has several seasonings along with dried onions and herbs. I like to add a few additional spices to help boost the flavor just a bit. Plus, by sauteing the onions in the beginning you get a better caramelized flavor.
The mushrooms are an optional ingredient that I sometimes add for spaghetti but leave out if I am using this sauce for lasagna. This recipe is a sugar added sauce. The sugar helps to cut the bitterness of the tomatoes. Feel free to reduce the amount of sugar, salt, or both as you like. The best thing is to mix all but the added salt and sugar then taste and add to your preference. I use this recipe when I need a sauce fast, otherwise I use my slow cooked marinara sauce. That one doesn’t use any sugar, so try it out on a day you have time to simmer for several hours. Don’t eat meat? No worries you can leave the meat out at the beginning or add an alternative meat to the sauce. We have even used wheat meat instead.
This sauce is a simple versatile tomato sauce that can be used for any recipe using a tomato sauce. It’s also a great way to start teaching your children how to cook. I can’t tell you how many times my mom had me make this sauce growing up. But it was enough that it locked the recipe in my brain. Enjoy!
Quick Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 pound ground chuck
- ½ onion diced
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2-6 oz cans tomato paste
- 1-4 oz can mushrooms optional
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- 3-4 Tbsp spaghetti seasoning mix
- 3 cups water as needed to thin sauce
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- Brown meat in a large pot and then strain off excess fat. If desired add onion to pan and sauté until they begin to soften then add meat. If not adding onions skip and add the canned tomatoes, sauce, and mushrooms if desired to the ground meat. Stir in a little of the water to thin sauce if tomatoes don't contain very much liquid and seasoning except salt and sugar. Allow to cook about 2 minutes and then taste. Add the salt and sugar to desired liking. Simmer covered 15 minutes and serve over favorite pasta.