This Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce is a huge hit around our house. My husband’s favorite food is Italian so as you probably have guessed, I make this quite often! The beautiful thing about this Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce is that it is so versatile. This can be served over any pasta noodles, or any vegetable noodles. I love to make zoodles from zucchini and yellow squash and serve Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce over them for a healthier twist on classic spaghetti. While we’re talking about healthy spaghetti, don’t forget about spaghetti squash! This Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce is absolutely fabulous served over spaghetti squash (one of my favorite meals!). So, without further ado, let’s jump into making this sauce. First you want to start with your tomatoes. I use these crushed tomatoes for my sauce.
Open the can of crushed tomatoes and then blend them in the blender for 10 seconds. In case you’re wondering, yes, I have counted and 10 seconds is the magic number for perfection. And the reason I blend crushed tomatoes is because I like my sauce to be really smooth. Blending these crushed tomatoes will give you a nice, smooth, and thick sauce.
After blending the crushed tomatoes, set aside and place your 1/2 pound of ground beef into a large skillet and add in Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, minced onion, garlic salt, oregano, thyme, and basil.
While my meat browns, I break it up with a spatula so that it is in small crumbles once it is cooked through. You also want to drain any excess grease off at this point too.
Now that the meat is cooked and seasoned, pour your blended, crushed tomatoes into the meat.
Give the sauce and meat a gentle stir and then add in the rest of your seasonings; Splenda, oregano, thyme, garlic salt, minced onion, black pepper, onion powder, dried parsley flakes, and basil flakes.
Stir all of the seasonings into the sauce and then cover and cook on low heat for about 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
Now just decide how you want to showcase this wonderful Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce, whether that be over cooked pasta, sautéed zoodles, or baked spaghetti squash. Once you’ve chosen how to serve this, dish it up and enjoy! I can assure you, this will be a hit in your house just as it is in mine. Spaghetti lovers unite!
Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce
A wonderful savory pasta or zoodle sauce with all of the flavors of Italy cooked in your own kitchen.
- 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp Splenda
- 1 tsp oregano divided
- 1 tsp thyme divided
- 1 tsp garlic salt divided
- 1 tsp basil flakes divided
- 1 tsp minced onion
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
Pour the crushed tomatoes into a blender and blend for 10 seconds until smooth. Set the blended tomatoes aside.
Brown ground beef in a large skillet and add in the Italian seasoning, black pepper minced onion, and half of the garlic, oregano, thyme, and basil.
Cook the meat, using a spatula to break it up into small pieces as it cooks. Once browned, drain all of the grease off.
Pour the blended tomatoes into the cooked meat and add in the remaining seasonings.
Give the sauce a gentle stir and cook on low heat for 5-10 minutes or until cooked through and gently bubbling.
Spoon the meat sauce over cooked pasta, sautéed zoodles, or baked spaghetti squash and enjoy!
Place cooled and cooked meat sauce into a large mason jar and screw the lid on tightly. Fill to 1 1/4 inch below the rim, leaving room for expansion when freezing (this will keep the jar from busting as the liquid freezes.)
Use painters tape to label the jar with the name of the sauce and the date it was made.
Set out the night before using it to thaw or place in a bowl of warm water. You can also remove the lid and cook it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes until just thawed and then place it in a skillet on the stove, cooking on medium heat and stirring occasionally until heated through.
Recipe comes to 3 Freestyle Smart Points for each 1 cup serving. Yields 4 servings.
Shared at Weekend Potluck
Shared at What’s for Dinner Sunday