This Homemade Beefy Spaghetti Sauce is simple to make but has incredible flavor. It’s the perfect meaty sauce to hold up to any pasta shape!
AN EASY AND THICK SPAGHETTI SAUCE
The title of this recipe is Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, but really it’s great for any type of pasta. And like all great recipes, this one came to me by way of a friend. Our kids were hanging out playing at the park, and a friend tells me about a delicious pasta sauce that was given to her by a neighbor. Now, you know a recipe is gonna be good when it’s coming from a friend of a friend of a friend!
THE SECRET INGREDIENT FOR SPAGHETTI SAUCE
This sauce has a little secret ingredient up it’s sleeve (like all good handed-down recipes). And it really is so delicious and comes out right every time! Now y’all might laugh, but I knew this recipe was going to be great when I saw there was grape jelly in it. Do y’all remember those Glazed Party Meatballs? The ones with the grape jelly in the sauce? I knew how good grape jelly could be as a secret ingredient. Now, obviously, you don’t taste it as a separate ingredient. But most Italian cooks will tell you they put a pinch of sweetness in their sauces. Sometimes it’s sugar or brown sugar. In this case, it’s grape jelly!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- ground beef
- green pepper
- diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- tomato paste
- grape jelly
- grated Parmesan cheese
- garlic cloves
- Italian seasoning
- dried basil
- salt and pepper
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BEEFY SPAGHETTI SAUCE:
In a large pot, brown and crumble ground beef along with the onions and green pepper. Season with salt & pepper.
Drain excess grease. Put beef back into the pot. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
Give it all a good stir. Then add in grape jelly, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and dried basil.
Stir then cover and allow mixture to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes. Or, you can put it all into a slow cooker and let it simmer on low for several hours.
This sauce really just gets better and better the longer it simmers. And leftovers freeze beautifully. This makes quite a bit of sauce so it’s good for a small crowd.
Cook’s Note: If you prefer more sauce than meat (like I do), then just use one pound of beef. If you like it really meaty then use two pounds of beef. The original recipe calls for sausage (one package hot, and one package sweet). You can also use ground turkey or pork. It is a very adaptable recipe. And, if you have it on hand, instead of the dried basil, the original recipe suggested using 12 leaves of fresh basil, cut into ribbons, and added in 5 minutes before serving.
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Homemade Beef Spaghetti Sauce (+Video)
- 2 pounds ground beef or sausage, (or one pound of each)
- 1 large green pepper diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons grape jelly
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, on medium heat, brown and crumble ground beef along with the onions and green pepper.
- Season with salt & pepper.
- Drain excess grease.
- Put drained beef back into the pot. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Give it all a good stir.
- Keeping heat on medium.
- Then add in grape jelly, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and dried basil.
- Stir then cover and allow mixture to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes. Then serve.
- This is a very meaty pasta sauce. If you prefer more sauce than meat, then you could scale down the beef to one pound. You can use sausage, ground turkey or ground pork.
- And, if you have it on hand, instead of the dried basil, the original recipe suggested using 12 leaves of fresh basil, cut into ribbons, and added in 5 minutes before serving.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Post originally published: September 2012
Updated and republished: February 2019