Homemade Spaghetti or Lasagna Sauce

My friend and I were recently talking about stocking our freezers with ready made food to help make our busy days flow more smoothly.  Today for dinner I decided to fix Spaghetti and instead of making just enough sauce for tonight I made an entire pot full.  We had enough for our dinner this and I had enough for 4 - 4 cup bags to put in the freezer.  I am so excited to start getting some things like this stashed so I can pull it out for a super quick meal on those days when time is very limited. 

I thought I would share my personal Spaghetti Sauce recipe with you tonight.  This recipe is one I made up on my own, it is very simple to make (as with most of my recipes) and really doesn't take that long either. 

This is the recipe for 1 batch which is what I normally fix when I am making dinner.  It gives us enough for dinner and some leftovers. 

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 cans tomato sauce
1 tsp. of the following:
onion powder
garlic powder
Italian seasoning
2 1/2 - 3 tsp. chili powder
1/2 onion finely chopped

What I do is add my ground beef to a pot with enough water to cover it.  Then I take my clean hands and smoosh the hamburger in the water until when I turn the heat on it will cook up to be little crumbles of beef.  That is the way I like my sauce.  If you like larger pieces of meat then you do not have to do it this way. 

After my ground beef is cooked I drain off the water and grease then return it to the pan.

I then add in my 2 cans of tomato sauce, the onion, all the spices and about 2 cups of additional water and I simmer it on medium low for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much time I have.  If time allows I like to let it cook longer just because the flavors blend better but it will be done sooner than that.

That is it!  Super easy!  You can top your pasta with it or mix it all together.  

I also use this same sauce when making my 3 Cheese Lasagna.  If you are wanting to make Lasagna here is what I layer with:  Sauce and Pasta of course and I use Mozzarella Cheese, Provolone Cheese, and Cottage Cheese (alternating the cheeses).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and it's bubbly.



  1. Thanks so much for the recipes! Isn't it great having the freezer full?? Enjoy your blog always!

    1. Teri, yes it feels so good to have ready to eat stuff in the freezer. I hope to share some more things that I put together in the near future.

  2. That does seem super easy! I do make my own sauce as well, and honestly had never thought to freeze some for easier use later!

  3. Sounds delicious. Once you start making your own sauces, you can never buy again! They are superior :) Have a wonderful week and enjoy your stash!

  4. Love this and pinned it to use later! Thanks for sharing at Titus 2 Tuesday!

  5. You know, I hate to admit it but I haven't made spaghetti in ages. Ages!!! Isn't that amazing? We love spaghetti too! I do make lasagna, and have a penne pasta dish with ground turkey, Italian style diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese that we all love. I suppose that has replaced spaghetti. I really need to make it again and your recipe sounds yummy.

    How do you thaw your sauce in the freezer bags? I have to thaw mine in water because they're too big to fit in my microwave and I don't usually take them out in time, lol!

    Thanks so much for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today! :)

    1. If I have time I will just let it thaw in the frig or on the counter for a while but usually I either defrost in the microwave or just put it in a pot on the stove on medium low heat wth a little extra water and let it thaw while it warms.

  6. I just made pizza sauce for this first time. I love the idea of making spaghetti sauce so that it is ready to go when you need it!

    1. Tonia - I am going to have to try your pizza sauce recipe. We make homemade pizzas often.

  7. I love having food in the freezer providing a quick and easy fix later!

  8. How wonderful! It's such a blessing to have meals set aside for easy use on busy weeknights. I recently wrote a post about gals that get together to power-cook together every few months. It works out really well for them. I like to make double batches of things like soup and freeze the extra. Thanks so much for sharing your sauce recipe!


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