Zesty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Vickie Parks


I started off with my family's favorite recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce, which is very good but a bit mild for my preference. So I kept adding certain ingredients until I was satisfied, and I ended up with the recipe posted here. I have added red pepper flakes on occasion too, but that makes the sauce a bit spicy and "over the top" for my kids.

★★★★☆ 2 votes
15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


1 lb
ground italian sausage or ground beef
1/2 large
onion, chopped
2 Tbsp
cooking oil (i use olive oil)
2-3 clove
garlic, minced
6 oz
canned mushroom pieces (reserve the liquid)
1/2 medium
green bell pepper, chopped
28 oz
tomato sauce
6 oz
tomato paste
1/2 c
reserved mushroom juice (or water)
1 1/2 tsp
dried parsley
1/8 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1 large
bay leaf
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp
tobasco sauce (or to taste) - optional


1In a medium skillet, brown the sausage (or beef) with the chopped onion until no pink remains in the sausage and the onion is transparent. Drain excess grease.
2In the meantime, heat oil in a kettle or stock pot, and sauté the minced garlic, mushroom pieces, and green pepper in the oil until the pepper is tender. Add remaining ingredients, including enough mushroom juice or water to reach the right consistency. Cover; let sauce simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
3Add the browned meat/onion mixture to the kettle. Cover and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked and drained spaghetti noodles.

About Zesty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Carb