Spaghetti Sauce


As you all know, I completely love cheese… and chocolate… and butter… (it’s a wonder I became a dietitian, everything in moderation right??)… But I’m not sure I have completely displayed my love of pasta. It is truly one of the best things on earth! And I’ll take it in any shape, it doesn’t matter, it’s all good! There is nothing like sitting down at the end of long, cold day with a plate of spaghetti, with my mom’s spaghetti sauce. This may be one of my favorite meals of all time, and that is saying something, seeing as I love food! This sauce is hearty and full of flavor. The best part is that you can fashion it to your own liking, or by whatever you have on hand. I like to load mine with veggies, especially in the summer when I have so many from the garden I don’t know what to do with (although then I like to make it completely from scratch using fresh tomatoes).


This sauce is a very simple recipe. I use ground beef, red and green bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, some spices, and a jar of pre-made spaghetti sauce. It just adds a little heartiness to sauce. However if you would like to just add another can of crushed tomatoes that would work great too, just make sure to add a little more seasoning.


To make the sauce start by browning some ground beef in a large pan, when it is almost done, add onions and saute until tender. Drain mixture. In the same pan, add a little olive oil and saute some diced bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic. When those have browned, add in a can of diced tomatoes, a can of crushed tomatoes, and your jar of store bought spaghetti sauce. Then add in your spices, including salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Stir everything to combine, then but the beef and onion mixture back into the pot, and stir into sauce. Cover the sauce and let it simmer over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. Give it a taste to make sure it is to your liking and add any spices if needed. Serve over a big pot of hot spaghetti, and enjoy!


Spaghetti Sauce


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, any color
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 32 oz Jar Store Bought Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


Brown ground beef in a large pot. Add onion and cook until tender, then drain beef mixture. In same pot saute bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic in a little olive oil, and cook until tender. Add in both tomatoes and jar of spaghetti sauce. Then add in spices, stir to combine. Pour beef mixture back into the pan and combine. Cover pot and let sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over spaghetti.