Easy Exceptional Spaghetti Sauce

Brad Nichols


This is our well loved, everyday, family spaghetti sauce recipe. Much better than straight bottled sauce, and much faster than making gourmet sauce from scratch. Perfect for students or less experienced cooks too! Works equally well with Turkey instead of beef. Enjoy!


★★★★★ 3 votes

15 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1/2
    green pepper, diced
  • 6
    white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 clove
    fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 lb
    ground beef or turkey

  • 1 -24oz bottle
    your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried chile flakes
  • 4
    sun dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
    bay leaf

How to Make Easy Exceptional Spaghetti Sauce


  1. Heat 2 Tbsp Olive Oil in a large saucepan/skillet
  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant - about 30 seconds
  3. Add Green Peppers and Onions and saute for about 5 mins
  4. Add mushrooms and saute until onions are fully translucent and begin to brown
  5. Remove vegetables and set aside
  6. Brown ground meat in same skillet and drain off fat
  7. Reduce heat to simmer
  8. add back vegetables and spaghetti sauce
  9. Add all remaining ingredients, stir well.
  10. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  11. Serve with your favorite pasta

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