One of the easiest and most delicious versions of the classic dinner recipe everyone loves! This easy spaghetti is full of hamburger meat, tasty seasonings, and tomato sauce. The whole family will approve of this spaghetti recipe – even the kids!!
Best Spaghetti Recipe
It seems like everyone I have ever met has “a spaghetti recipe” they know and love, and each one is different! Some have store-bought sauce, some homemade. Some have meat, some have veggies, others don’t.
It just surprises me that they are all different, but I love that everyone has their own twist on this classic dinner recipe have made it a certain way for years.
Like so many other families, we too have a favorite Spaghetti recipe we’ve made for years and love. That’s probably why we make this spaghetti for dinner so often (we also have a great Baked Spaghetti and Chicken Spaghetti we love)! It’s simple, easy to make, always tastes delicious, and everyone likes it.
The thing I love most of all is that the leftovers are just as great! Honestly, it tastes exactly the same heated up as if it was just made (my kind of leftover)!! Whenever I make this spaghetti, I usually serve it with some cheesy garlic bread and a side like Fried Zucchini, and it makes for one delicious meal!
How to Make spaghetti sauce:
Our spaghetti has a delicious sauce recipe with just a hint of sweetness. The sauce takes some time since you simmer it for almost an hour, but I promise it’s worth it. Here are the steps to make homemade spaghetti sauce…
Brown your hamburger in a large pan. Drain the fat if desired. 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 45 minutes to an hour.
Twenty minutes before the hour is up, cook the box of spaghetti noodles as directed on package. Once the noodles are cooked, add them to the sauce and serve right away.
We like to top our spaghetti off with grated (or even shredded) Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil if desired. It truly is so delicious!
If you would like a meatless version, you can cook the sauce without 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!
Tips and alternatives
What are some alternatives for the pasta? Try using zucchini noodles, rice noodles, or spaghetti squash in lieu of traditional spaghetti noodles.
How do I lower the acidity in spaghetti? If you find the sauce to be more acidic than you’d like, then try adding one of these: ½ -1 tsp of white or brown sugar, ½ of a shredded carrot, some sautéed onions and mushrooms, ¼ tsp baking soda for every 12 oz. of sauce, or ⅛ c parmesan or Romano cheese for every 12 oz of sauce.
Can spaghetti be frozen? You can freeze spaghetti a couple of ways. (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 stove top and heat. Cook pasta according to directions.
(2) Make the sauce according to 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 degrees F. Bake for about 30 minutes or until hot.
How to reheat spaghetti? Leftover 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.
If you have more time, reheat in the oven. Place into a baking dish, cover with foil and put in the oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Bake until hot. The actual baking time will depend on how much is being reheated.
We’ve made this recipe for so long and know that all the kids LOVE it! No onions… no veggies… I guess that’s what makes it kid-friendly, lol!
what to serve with spaghetti?
For more great pasta recipes, check out:
- Easy Fettuccine Alfredo
- Chicken Spaghetti
- Chicken and Asparagus Pasta
- Cheesy Beef Goulash
- Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine
- Best Homemade Mac and Cheese
- 1 lb hamburger
- 2 cubes beef bouillion
- 1 can tomato sauce 8 oz
- 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
- pepper to taste
- 2 c hot water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- dash of garlic
- 16 oz spaghetti noodles
- Brown your hamburger in a large pan.
- Once cooked, throw in salt, pepper, tomato sauce and paste, water (with the bouillon cubes in it), sugar, basil, oregano and garlic. Simmer on low for an hour.
- 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. ENJOY!