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Our favorite spaghetti is kid-friendly and made with a delicious homemade sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!

Spaghetti served on a plate with fresh basil.

How To Make Spaghetti

It seems like everyone I have ever met has “a spaghetti recipe” they know and love, and each one is different! Today’s recipe is one my mom has made her whole life and one my own family loves now for dinner!

Why We Love It!

  • No Fail! This recipe is so simple that even your kids can make it.
  • Loved by all. There are no crazy ingredients in this recipe, which means even the pickiest of eaters love it.
  • The perfect dinner. Add some cheesy garlic bread or garlic knots and a salad, and this is the perfect Sunday dinner.
Spaghetti ingredients on wood table.


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef – I like to use 80/20 ground beef because it is so flavorful. Since it produces so much excess oil, I will drain it before adding the meat to the sauce.
    • Use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground Italian sausage in place of ground beef. For added flavor, mince 1-2 garlic cloves and add them to the ground beef. Brown in a large skillet.
  • 1 – 8 Ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 – 6 Ounce Can Tomato Pasta
  • Salt + Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Hot Water
  • 2 Cubes Beef Bouillon – You can also use beef broth instead of the bouillon and water
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar – helps balance the acidity in the tomato sauce. Sautéed onion or mushrooms can also help with the acidity as well.
  • Spices – 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, dash of garlic. You can also add red pepper flakes for a little heat.
    • Fresh herbs. One teaspoon of dried herbs equals one tablespoon of fresh herbs. Dried herbs are added at the beginning of the cooking time, while fresh herbs are added toward the end.
  • 16 Ounces Spaghetti Noodles – For substitutes, try using zucchini noodles, rice noodles, or Spaghetti Squash in lieu of traditional spaghetti noodles.


  1. GROUND BEEF. Brown the hamburger in a large pan. Drain the fat if desired.
  2. SAUCE. Throw in salt, pepper, tomato sauce and paste, water (with the bouillon cubes in it or beef broth in the can), sugar, basil, oregano, and garlic. Simmer on low for 40-60 minutes.
  3. NOODLES. A few minutes before the hour is up, cook the box of spaghetti noodles as directed on the package. Once the noodles are cooked, add them to the sauce and serve immediately.

We like to top our spaghetti with grated (or even shredded) Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil if desired. It truly is so delicious!

MEATLESS OPTION. If you would like a meatless version, cook the sauce without the hamburger, and just put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan before adding any other ingredients. You can make Meatballs on the side if some people want the option to add meat!

Spaghetti served on a white plate with fresh basil.
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Spaghetti Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Our favorite spaghetti is kid-friendly and made with a delicious homemade sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 55 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 cubes beef bouillion
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, white or brown
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • dash of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces spaghetti noodles
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  • In a large skillet over medium-low heat, brown the ground beef, breaking up and making sure there is no pink (drain excess fat).
  • Once cooked, add salt, pepper, tomato sauce and paste, water (with the bouillon cubes in it), sugar, basil, oregano, and garlic. Simmer on low for an 40-60 minutes.
  • A few minutes before the hour is done, cook box of spaghetti noodles as directed on package.
  • Once the noodles are cooked, drain and add to spaghetti sauce. Toss together and top with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.



Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 959mg, Potassium: 568mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 690IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 3.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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  • BEEF. Brown the ground beef and add to a crock pot.
  • SAUCE. Add all of the other sauce ingredients. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.  

Leftover homemade spaghetti can last in the fridge for 3-5 days if properly stored in an airtight container. To reheat quickly, microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until hot.

  1. Freeze only the sauce. Cook sauce according to recipe directions, let cool, put into an airtight freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 6 months.
    • To use: thaw in the fridge, place sauce into a saucepan on the stovetop, and heat. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Freeze both sauce and pasta. Make the sauce according to the recipe directions and cook the noodles al dente. Combine the two, cool, and place into an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.
    • To use: thaw in the fridge. Place into a baking dish, cover with foil, and put in the oven preheated to 350°F. Bake for about 30 minutes or until hot.

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  1. Deb says:

    Just a tip, after browningmet i put a little olive oil in and pan and the tomato paste in and saute along with the meat for about 3 min until you see the paste turn a darker shade of red. Then continue as your recipe states.
    I feel this really makes a huge differece cooking the padt a bit.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. Marisela says:

    5 stars
    The whole family loved it. My 4 year old finally eat something we did! Yes! I made it with Turkey & added 2 garlic cloves for extra flavor… so delicious.

    I also made a gluten free past & regular spaghetti. I added the regular spaghetti to the sauce, which was a hit. It will be on the dinner rotation.

  3. Pk says:

    5 stars
    I tried making my own using your recipe I found that is so amazing results

  4. Krys says:

    5 stars
    Simmering the sauce for 1 hour is the key. It makes all the difference. Finally my spaghetti is chef’s kiss. Thank you!

  5. Tanya says:

    5 stars
    I would love your cookbook.