30-Minute Spaghetti Sauce

November 22, 2019Brianna

The problem typically with quick spaghetti sauces are they don’t have much time for building flavor. But with the help of a few non-traditional flavor enhancers this recipe doesn’t lack flavor at all. In researching about spaghetti sauce, I came across a few recipes that had soy sauce in them and a few that had balsamic vinegar. I decided to add those 2 ingredients to my spaghetti sauce recipe and it helped so much with flavors in a quick spaghetti sauce. I promise you are going to love how this tastes.


30-Minute Spaghetti Sauce

Quick from-scratch sauce with delicious flavor for an easy weeknight meal.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6-8 1x



1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey or sausage)

1 small yellow onion, diced small

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried basil (or 23 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2, 8 oz cans of tomato sauce

1, 32 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon soy sauce


In a large pot add chopped onions and ground beef. Cook till meat is done and drain excess fat. Add garlic to the meat mixture sauté for a minute or two. Add tomato paste and stir till meat is evenly coated.

Add in the basil, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce and stir well to combine. Turn heat to medium low to low sauté for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. At this point you can remove from heat and serve over noodles.


If you want a thicker sauce, simmer for about half an hour, stirring every few minutes.

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4 years ago

Ever since Western Family products became unavailable here I have not been able to find a bottled/canned spaghetti sauce that I enjoy. Thankful that Brianna posted this, cause it is simple and tastes amazing! Gonna be my go to for spaghetti! Seriously, do yourself a favor and don’t buy sauce anymore. 🙂

3 years ago

This is so easy and so good! Definitely making again!

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