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The Best Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

The best and easy spaghetti recipe! Spaghetti is cooked al dente, topped with tomato-based sauce made with red wine, parmesan cheese, a blend of flavor-bursting herbs, and perfectly seasoned ground beef. The perfect dinner. Makes great leftovers as well.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 4-6 cloves fresh garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 lbs lean ground beef
  • 28 oz whole peeled canned tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt + more if needed
  • 1/8 cup parmesan cheese + more for garnish
  • 1 lbs spaghetti


  • Mince garlic and chop fresh basil into small pieces. Gather the rest of the ingredients.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, add olive oil and minced garlic, and cook under medium heat. Once garlic is fragrant (do not brown or burn garlic), quickly add ground beef. Break it into small pieces, then season with some salt. 
  • Once ground beef is no longer pink-ish. Add whole peeled canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, red wine, chopped basil, oregano, marjoram, sugar and salt.
  • Bring to boil, then lower to medium low heat and let it cook for 20-25 minutes, or until sauce thickens (see Note 1) and red wine is cooked down (no longer has that strong alcoholic taste). 
  • While waiting for meat sauce to cook, bring out another pot and cook spaghetti based on package instruction.
  • When the 20-25 minutes is up, add parmesan cheese to sauce. Stir and taste. If needed, add more salt. Note: Salt is use open up the flavors in addition to adding saltiness. You'll be surprise how much salt open up the other flavors. If the flavors are not coming through, add more salt. 
  • Drain cooked spaghetti and combine with sauce. 
  • Garnish with more parmesan cheese if desire. 
  • Serve and enjoy!



Note 1: Depending on your stove top and pot/dutch oven you use, it may take longer to thicken the sauce. 


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 843mg | Potassium: 956mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 538IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg
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