Homemade spaghetti sauce doesn't have to simmer all day on the stove to be good. Try our recipe for Spaghetti with Meat Sauce that has simple ingredients and is table-ready in an hour.
12 ounces ground beef
8 ounces button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz. can tomato puree
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
12 ounces spaghetti
How to Make It
Warm a large pan over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp. of fat, if necessary. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato puree, broth, Italian seasoning, bay leaf and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring often.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook spaghetti until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Remove bay leaf from sauce and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Pour sauce over spaghetti, toss and serve.
I was going to make spaghetti and meatballs but ran out of energy for it, so I needed a good, fast meat sauce recipe. This fit the bill. It was delicious and perfect for a weeknight dinner. I followed the recipe to the letter except for using crushed tomatoes instead of puree, because that's what I had on hand. Still worked great, in fact I think the crushed tomatoes gave it some great body. I look forward to making this again.
The sauce ended up quite different than I had imagined it. It totally isn't like a canned spaghetti sauce. But with that being said, it was really yummy! I did add a dash of crushed red pepper. I will make it again sometime.
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