Clean-eating spaghetti sauce {family recipe}


If there is one recipe that will always make me think of my Mom, it’s her Texas sheet cake, but this one takes a close second. Winking smile

This is the meal my older sister would always request for her birthday dinner. It is a hearty, meaty sauce that is full of flavor. Super easy to make. You will seriously never want to buy jarred sauce again. Oh, and always make a double batch and freeze half. You won’t regret it. Unfortunately, for me, no one can make it as good as my Mom – isn’t that always the case?

Anyway, this is the perfect cold weather meal. Side salad + garlic bread = meal perfection.

And bonus points because this sauce is totally clean – no added sugar. We loved this during our most recent AdvoCare challenge over spaghetti squash with zucchini noodles (zoodles!).

Bushnell spaghetti sauce


1 large onion – diced
1 lb hambuger
1 t oregano
1 t basil
1 t thyme
1 t garlic powder
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
12 oz can tomato paste
1 can (12 oz) water

1. Brown hamburger and onion. Drain.
2. Add seasonings, tomato paste and water.
3. Simmer to blend flavors.
4. Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash or zoodles.


I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!


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13 Responses to Clean-eating spaghetti sauce {family recipe}

  1. I love a good meat sauce. I usually put diced tomatoes in mine, but a lot of the stuff you listed shows up in my homemade sauces too!
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  2. I love spaghetti and meat sauce…so comforting, especially when it’s homemade. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love my parents spaghetti sauce too! I am actually cooking with it tonight 🙂 I live sauce to have meat init too!
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  4. My roommate (also doing 24DC) and I were just talking about making sauce!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe, friend!!
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  5. Looks great! I have been trying to make my own sauces lately without sugar so this would be perfect!
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  6. I just married into an Italian family so meat sauce is very important! I love finding new and good meat sauces!

  7. mmmm love pasta! this looks great!!!
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  8. This looks so hearty and delicious! Sometimes it’s the most simple dishes that end up the best 😉 I don’t eat red meat but I would totally make this with ground turkey!
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