30-Minute Spaghetti Sauce

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



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.