Ready Spaghetti

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This sauce can be served almost immediately, but the longer it simmers, the better it gets. Serve with garlic bread and Tossed Green Salad with Italian Dressing.


Cooking Methodsauteeing



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Taste and Textureherby, meaty, savory

Type of Dishdry pasta, pasta, pasta sauce, sauces


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) crushed tomatoes in thick purée
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) diced or ready-cut Italian-recipe tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine beef, onion, and garlic and sauté, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, 6 to 7 minutes, adding a little oil if needed. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, 10 to 20 minutes. Serve over spaghetti, sprinkled with Parmesan.


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