Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I have prepared many spaghetti with meat sauce recipes in my 32 years of marriage. This one is my current one and with good reason. It’s delicious!

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)


1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4  teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

hot prepared whole wheat spaghetti pasta*

freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese

freshly chopped parsley (optional)


In a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground meat, onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks, until it is no longer pink.

Drain any excess grease.

Stir in the tomato paste, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Cook over medium-high heat, constantly stirring, for about a minute, until the mixture smells fragrant.

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce. Stir to combine.

Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes.

Serve over spaghetti noodles. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.


*I am very pleased with the Great Value Whole Wheat Pasta except the spaghetti. Our family struggles with the taste of whole wheat spaghetti when paired with a tomato-based sauce. Instead of resorting to white pasta, or some sort of hybrid, we found the brand Jovial that uses Einkorn whole wheat flour to be delicious. I stock up on it when Vitacost offers a 20% off of a $50 food purchase.

One Pot Taco Skillet

This is a great one-pot meal. Brown your ground beef and onions, and then throw everything else in. It’s that simple, and your family will love it.

One Pot Taco Skillet (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)


1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1 taco seasoning packet, don’t add water (or homemade)

1/2 cup salsa

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

1 cup brown rice

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Toppings of your choice


Brown ground beef with the chopped onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add taco seasoning, salsa, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.

Add brown rice and then place a lid on top of the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low.

Simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Place lid back on the skillet and the sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Add toppings such as sour cream, green onions, and homemade tortilla strips.