The best spaghetti recipe starts with an amazing homemade spaghetti sauce. This one has ground beef, Italian sausage, and the perfect blend of seasonings.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time40 minutesmins
Total Time55 minutesmins
Course: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: homemade meat sauce recipe, how to make spaghetti, how to make spaghetti sauce
Author: Amanda Finks
1lb.80% lean ground beef
1/2lb.sweet Italian sausage
2garlic cloves -minced
1teaspoondried basil leaves
1/4teaspoonground black pepper
2(6 oz.)cans tomato paste
1(15 oz.)can tomato sauce
1(15 oz.)can crushed tomatoes
3Tablespoonsminced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1lb.dried spaghetti pasta
2Tablespoonsgrated parmesan cheese
Make the meat sauce. Add the beef and sausage to a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until meat is browned, about 6-8 minutes. Drain the fat from the meat.
Add the sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, basil, and black pepper to the skillet with the cooked meat. Stir well.
Add the tomato paste. Stir until no large clumps of tomato paste remain.
Add the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and water. Stir until well combined. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the minced parsley.
As the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta al dente according to its package directions. Drain the pasta well, and return it to the large pot used for boiling.
Pour the meat sauce over the pasta. Stir well. Add the parmesan cheese to the pasta. Stir well. Let the spaghetti rest in the meat sauce for 5 minutes before serving to let the pasta absorb some of the sauce.