Spaghetti Sauce (The Best)
Spaghetti Sauce (The Best)
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Spaghetti Sauce (The Best)

40 MIN
3 H 15 MIN



  1. In a large saucepan, brown the meat in 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of the oil, half at a time, with the red pepper flakes. Add oil, if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. In the same saucepan, soften the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in the remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute over high heat.
  3. Add the meat, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, oregano, and cloves. Bring to a boil and simmer gently, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan regularly, for about 3 hours or until it thickens. Serve over the pasta of your choice.


Add fresh tomatoes?
Even if the period of abundance is upon us, you will not get the same result with peeled and seeded fresh tomatoes than with canned tomatoes, which are much softer.


  1. Hello. New cooker here. Please help me. For following; "2 cans 28 oz (796 ml) diced Italian tomatoes 2 cans 28 oz (796 ml) tomato sauce ..." Are the listed ml the TOTAL amount or the amount of EACH can should be and thus we need 2? I ask because diced tomatoes only come in 796ml cans where I shop. Thanks so much if anyone can answer this for me.

  2. Attn: Gus J. Celery is defined differently in most countries. CDN sticks=ribs. That's a single 'rib' of celery. CDN brunch=stalk. I think it is the same definition as in the US. You will find in many recipes that there is an equal number of carrots as celery. So 4 carrots = 4 sticks, or 'ribs' of celery.

  3. Excellent recipe! Well done, a keeper!!

  4. Add in 1-2 bay leaves, extra oregano, parsley flakes and extra salt. Its a great recipe just does need a little more for the volume.

  5. Husband and guests found that this taste like homemade catelli. I’ve never eaten catelli, but seeing as it’s canned spaghetti sauce I didn’t exactly take it as a compliment. I like it, but I prefer my own sauce which is even simpler but is full of fresh herbs. This sauce lacks depth. It needs fresh basil, thyme, and oregano. I also had to add a bit of honey to cut the acidity of the tomatoes (and it did wonders). Overall it’s good, but there are better sauces out there.

  6. when you say cloves you mean like cloves you use on ham, how to you remove them after or do you

  7. Excellent flavor with a slight kick from the chilli flakes, cloves add a pleasant aroma and taste. Sauce boasts a rich red eye appealing color . I have about a cup of red wine I am contemplating adding . However, this sauce tastes fabulous as is!!!!

  8. Excellent spaghetti sauce. This is definitely going to be my go-to sauce going forward. Thank you so very much for sharing!!

  9. Must admit that i'm very disappointed with this recipe. In my opinion it lacks in flavor. It needs more punch. All i can taste is the tomatoes. unfortunaltely the taste of the italian sausage gets lost in this sea of tomatoes. It's a decent base but i would suggest adding whatever ingredients fits your palate because it's pretty much flat. A couple tsp of oregano isnt nearly enough to properly flavor the sauce.

  10. We were visiting friends in the summer and they served this for dinner - we never ask for seconds and both did on this occasion! My friend shared the recipe and I've now made this several times as it has become our favourite pasta sauce. We're addicted!

  11. I’ve tried so so many sauce recipes and this is by far the only one I’d try again. If you like a great meaty slightly spicedy but not overbearing sauce then this is it.The absolute best. I didn’t use the cloves, still was a 10 plus!! I’ve poured this stuff over anything- chicken, burgers, pork you name it. Just the best. My key to a great sauce is if you can eat it warmed up with a spoon or a bit of bread then that’s the key to a great sauce!!

  12. J'ai bien aimé, par contre, la deuxième fois j'ai ajouté des champignons et des piments frais! Car j'adore!!

  13. I made this last night and it's beyond delicious. I doubled the garlic, because, well, I can lol. LOVE garlic! This is my go-to recipe from this day forward.

  14. I made your spaghetti sauce today. It is the best! I did leave out the cloves. I miss your English cooking shows. But, this will work. Thank you

  15. Delicious! My new favorite spaghetti sauce.

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