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Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I am generally a “from the jar” spaghetti sauce kind of girl, but my daughter has a cumin allergy – causes severe migraines – and most jarred sauces have cumin in them.  I used to make my own sauce so I thought I’d write out the recipe for her to use in place of “migraine sauce” as she’s called it.

This is pretty flexible – just don’t substitute tomato sauce for crushed tomatoes – they are not the same thing.

Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Italian

Yield: 10

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup

Calories per serving: 81.99 kcal

Fat per serving: 0.65 g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.1 g

Carbs per serving: 18.88 g

Protein per serving: 3.76 g

Fiber per serving: 4.38 g

Sugar per serving: 11.96 g

Sodium per serving: 587.44 mg

Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Great sauce, perfect for freezing or family dinner.


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, minced (optional - because I know my daughter wont add this)
  • 2 Medium Carrots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 28oz Cans Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 15oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 4oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (optional - taste before adding)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, brown burger, onion and garlic together until cooked through - drain if necessary.
  2. Dump in remaining ingredients except brown sugar and bring to simmer - simmer for at least 1 hour if possible and adjust seasonings to your taste. If the sauce is too acidic, add in the brown sugar. If you leave out the carrots, the brown sugar is most likely necessary. Adjust spices to your taste, like more Italian Seasoning, some less.
  3. This freezes very well, and if you leave out the meat it's a great vegetarian option.
Nutrition label for Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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