Marinara Meat Sauce (For Spaghetti) Super Easy!


This tomato meat sauce is delicious! It is my son’s favorite thing to eat, well anything with spaghetti really, is his favorite lol. This recipe is super easy and fast to make but tastes like something served at an upscale Italian Restaurant. Olive Garden ain’t got notin’ on this dish! It is perfect for those really busy weeknights as it takes a total of about 30 minutes to make and impresses even the pickiest eaters. You can never go wrong with spaghetti! I made this dish for dinner at my friends house last week and it was gone fast. Everyone really enjoyed it and kept saying how great it tasted, even the kids got seconds! I am actually putting this recipe up as it was requested. So next time you are craving a hearty, savory, meaty, Italian sauce with spaghetti but don’t feel like going out, give this recipe a try. It is a winner for sure! Especially if you serve it with some hot, fresh bread sticks. Bon appétit! 🙂

Tomato Meat Sauce {Serves 8} 


  • 1 LB Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 (25 Oz.) Can of Marinara Sauce (I use the Organic, Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Mrs.Dash Original Seasoning (Or seasoning of your choice)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (Finely minced)
  • Spaghetti (Any kind you want)
  • Bread sticks *Optional (I buy the frozen ones)

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1) Heat 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in a large pan, on Medium-High heat ( I did 7.5). Add the ground beef to the pan. Using a large cooking spoon, mix the ground beef and divide it into little chunks of meat.


2) Season the meat with salt/pepper and about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Mrs.Dash (optional) to taste (you can always add more later). Mix every once in a while to cook all the beef evenly. Start cooking the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Finely dice the onion.

3) When the ground beef is almost cooked through, add the diced onion. Mix well to combine.


4) When the beef is cooked through and the onion becomes soft, add the Marinara Sauce and lower the heat to Medium-Low ( I did 3.5). Cover the pan with the lid and let it simmer until the spaghetti is ready, mixing it every once in a while. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the 3 (finely minced) garlic cloves to the sauce.


5) I serve this in individual plates. Everyone can put their own serving of spaghetti and marinara meat sauce into their plate, as they want. That way if there is any marinara meat sauce left over, you can just reheat the sauce in the pan the next day and make fresh spaghetti.




(That is how it looks if you mix the spaghetti and the sauce together in the plate. YUM!!!)




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