Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

— Written By Patti Snyder

Spaghetti sauce

Hi everyone, its Patti, the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. This week I wanted to show you guys how I make homemade spaghetti sauce. My husband and I have never really been spaghetti eaters until I started to make it like this! In my opinion, it has SO much more flavor than any of the other canned spaghetti sauces we have tried! This recipe is a healthy alternative and more than likely you have most of these ingredients already in your kitchen!

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Add oil to a skillet on the stovetop. Heat to medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add the ground meat. Saute the meat, stirring occasionally, until browned. If your turkey or beef isn’t very lean you may want to drain the grease. (I find that isn’t necessary when using 93% lean.)
  2. Reduce heat to medium low. Add canned crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to skillet with the meat. Stir to combine. Cover and gently simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until everything is heated through and flavors have married.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash, or zoodles. You can even add it to the top of roasted veggies for a satisfying but light meal!

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Patti Snyder, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPatti SnyderExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Patti E-mail Patti N.C. Cooperative Extension, Stokes County Center
Updated on Jul 8, 2020
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