World’s Best Spaghetti Sauce

World’s Best Spaghetti Sauce is a pretty big expectation to go by but I firmly believe that this is truly the best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe, ever. I have never had a sauce that tastes anywhere NEAR as good as this recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

My favorite spaghetti sauce ever! This is THE WORLD'S BEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE! This homemade, low carb, easy, recipe uses ground beef and hot italian sausage and oh it tastes so amazing. #spaghettisauce #spaghettisaucerecipe

World’s Best Spaghetti Sauce

This post was originally shared in early 2014 on my other blog, The Everyday Domestic, but since I shut that blog down I transferred it here and recently reshot it. 

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It all started when I found the Pioneer Woman’s Spaghetti Sauce recipe on Pinterest. I read through her (very thorough) post and was really interested to try it. I made it all afternoon on a Friday, and when my husband came home from work I had to drive four hours to drop my son off with his grandparents and come back. When I got home, my husband was on his second plate – and I haven’t made it another way since.

Ree uses a jar of marinara sauce on top of her other ingredients and I agree with what she says, it adds something extra. A little extra OOMPF into the sauce. I am far from a “jarred sauce snob”, I embrace it. It makes spaghetti sauce recipes like this so easy!

Best spaghetti sauce recipe ever!

Every once in a while, I’ll add a few extra vegetables in that I have left over in the fridge (carrots, zucchini, more peppers, etc) and it works really well. It doesn’t affect the taste, helps clean out the fridge, and helps bulk up the recipe even more.

Not that you need to bulk up this homemade spaghetti sauce, this recipe makes a lot!

First things first, go pour yourself a glass of wine. I can’t help but have wine whenever I make this spaghetti sauce recipe. It enhances the experience 😉

Best Spaghetti Sauce RecipeThe Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever from The Bewitchin' Kitchen. This is the perfect sauce to accompany spaghetti or spaghetti squash - so good!

Recipe notes:

Randa’s tip: if you have little toddlers (like I do) go for mild Italian sausage.

Is spaghetti sauce healthy?

I’m often asked of spaghetti sauce is healthy. The truth is, it depends. Anything can be “healthy” when it’s in dished up in moderation. I believe that this sauce recipe is healthy. It’s loaded with veggies and proteins. If you want a low carb spaghetti option, use spaghetti squash instead of pasta. That being said, if you use a proper serving of spaghetti noodles (less than a cup), then yes spaghetti is healthy. Serve it with a salad.

The best advice I have? If spaghetti is one of your favorites, eat it! Don’t torture and restrict your favorite foods. Find ways to make it work for you: half the amount of pasta you usually use, add a salad, skip the garlic bread. There are ways to have it all my friends!

For a fun twist, make sure to check out my recipe for skinny baked spaghetti.

What to do with leftover spaghetti sauce

You will have leftover spaghetti sauce, so I recommend saving some of the sauce.

Leftover spaghetti sauce ideas:

  • Homemade Sloppy Joes
  • Stuffed shells (here’s a delicious stuffed shell recipe)
  • Freeze it for next time
  • Add it to soup
  • Tacos, just add some extra seasoning
  • Nachos (yes, we have totally done spaghetti sauce nachos and they rock)

How do you use leftover spaghetti sauce?

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How to Make Spaghetti Sauce

Don’t be intimidated by making homemade spaghetti sauce, it’s so easy and you can’t screw it up (I promise).

Simply follow this recipe, or add in what you have in your fridge to customize it (and reduce your vegetable waste).

Supplies to make cooking spaghetti easier.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Serve this sauce with spaghetti pasta (or my favorite, spaghettini), spaghetti squash, or use it as a base for lasagna.

My favorite spaghetti sauce ever! This is THE WORLD'S BEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE! This homemade, low carb, easy, recipe uses ground beef and hot italian sausage and oh it tastes so amazing. #spaghettisauce #spaghettisaucerecipe
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World's Best Spaghetti Sauce Ever from The Bewitchin' Kitchen. This is the perfect sauce to accompany spaghetti or spaghetti squash.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade spaghetti sauce, spaghetti sauce, world's best spaghetti sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 322kcal


  • 1.5 lbs extra lean ground beef 2 lbs if not using hot italian sausage
  • 1 lb Hot Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine beef broth works too
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 can tomato paste 4 oz can
  • 1 jar marinara sauce I like Safeway O Organics
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp tsp crushed red pepper start small and increase the heat by taste
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot, over medium heat, cook up your beef and hot italian sausage. When the meat is cooked, drain the meat and set aside (I leave it sitting in a colander over the sink).
  • Heat up the olive oil and add the onion and green pepper. Saute until the onion is soft (about 4-5 minutes) and then add the garlic. Give it a good stir for another minute or two (until fragrant).
  • Add the wine (doesn't matter what kind I have used Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and even Moscato) and reduce for about two minutes.
  • Next up is the crushed tomatoes, paste, jar of marinara, oregano, thyme, sugar, bay leaves, crushed pepper flakes, and salt. I usually stir this together and let simmer a few minutes.
  • Add the meat. Stir and put a lid on.
  • Let this simmer on low - medium/low for at least an hour. If you can get away for longer, do it.
  • After your hour is up, add the parmesan cheese and parsley. Stir and simmer for another thirty minutes.
  • Serve with desired pasta (or spaghetti squash) and top with more parmesan cheese.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.6g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19.5g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 119.3mg | Sodium: 782.5mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 9.1g
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39 comments on “World’s Best Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. this sounds delicious and perfect for sunday night family dinner! i like using spaghetti squash too.
    stopping by from the SITs girls link party

  2. I want to make the world’s best spaghetti sauce too!! Pioneer Woman always has some good recipes. The hot italian sausage sounds like it would add the perfect zip and my hubby loves zip!

  3. I love the Pioneer Woman – I would love this recipe! Spicy + homemade = perfect!

    • It’s delicious and I agree her recipes all look so tempting. I am afraid that if I made them all I would see an increase on the scale though 😉 I’m really wanting to try her beef stew recipe.

  4. Wow, this looks and sounds like a really tasty sauce. We are forever trying out different sauces as my kids get pickier and pickier so this might go down well. I like the sound of adding hidden veggies. We do it all the time, LOL.

  5. I bet the sausage makes this really amazing!

  6. We always make our own sauce too, nothing compares to the tastiness of homemade pasta sauce

  7. I love a good spaghetti sauce. I tried making my own once and didn’t like how it turned out. So sadly, I always buy a jar of my favourite brand. I love adding italian sausage though. Never thought that it would taste good but it does!

    • Italian Sausage is awesome! It goes good in everything. I just wish my local grocery stores would carry the chicken or turkey variety. Give this recipe a try. You’ll love it.

  8. That sounds like a great recipe!! I love step 1 (pour yourself a glass of wine!) Its a MUST for a great sauce!!

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  11. DO anyone know how many this recipe will feed?

  12. I bought cooking white wine,is that ok?

  13. Is it just the grated Parmesan in the green bottle?

    • I’m not a fan of that particular parmesan (I’m assuming you’re talking about Kraft parmesan that’s powdered?). I like parmesan flakes or grated parmesan. But use what you have 🙂

  14. Could I cook everything and the put it in the slow cooker?

  15. Made this today. It truly is a fantastic recipe. Thank you for sharing. 

  16. After making this, my boyfriend raves to everyone about my spaghetti.

  17. Was amazing but I did make a few changes…No crushed red peppers. Instead I added a can of Rotel. Also, def used organic beef broth and just a splash of white wine. Used stewed tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes. Added a large jar of classic organic Ragu and fresh mushrooms…and finally, this is most important if you have the time…simmer the red sauce and ingredients for at least an hour, add meat and simmer for another hour. If you have any left over, freeze it.

    It’s better second time around!!

    OMG SO good!!

  18. It was by far my best spaghetti sauce so far!  Thank you!

  19. just finished this and made it entirely in my Dutch oven. perfectly delicious and so happy this was my first attempt at homemade sauce. thank you for sharing, this being so yummy will change how I make lasagna and spaghetti from now on!

  20. I wasnt paying close enough attention to the steps and put in the parsley with the rest of the herbs. Will my sauce be totally messed up? Just need a forewarning. 

  21. This is DELICIOUS! Just make it, you won’t regret it.  I have made it several times over the past couple of years and don’t bother with any other spaghetti sauce recipe. Definitely worth making for dinner and way better than getting spaghetti at Olive Garden.

    I prefer ground beef to Italian sausage and using the broth instead of white wine. The broth just makes it more savory and heartier. It’s not bad with the wine,  just not as good in my opinion. I make it for my husband and I, so we have plenty for lunch the next day and it tastes better too! 

    More proof it’s delicious: This was the first meal I made when my husband and I were dating some years ago, he loved it, we’re married now… draw your own conclusions.

  22. Do you by any chance have nutrition info for this recipe? thanks!

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