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Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

This is my favorite Spaghetti Meat Sauce Recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 365 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Ground chuck
  • 2 tablespoons bell peppers finely chopped
  • 1 5 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes, and their juice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch mixed pumpkin spice or 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg


  1. Heat the oil in a large fry pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook until the onion is golden and tender.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook a couple of minutes more.
  3. Add the ground chuck and cook, breaking up with a fork, until the meat has all changed color.
  4. Add the bell pepper and cook for a minute or two.
  5. Now add the tomato paste and "cook it out" for another minute or two before adding the wine.
  6. Allow the wine to reduce a little, before adding the remaining sauce ingredients.
  7. Simmer until reduced and a deep rich red/ brown.
  8. *You could call this "cooked" in 30 minutes, but I like to let it simmer about 2 hours, stirring regularly to make sure it's not sticking. Add a little more broth or water if it looks like it's doing so.
  9. Serve with pasta of your choice.