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  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1, Diced Medium Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Small Cans Tomato Paste
  • 1 Large Can, 1 Small Can Diced Tomatoes
  •  Water
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper
  • 1 lb. Spaghetti

Grandma’s Spaghetti

An easy, meaty red sauce to accompany your favorite pasta!

2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Serves: 8-10


This classic spaghetti recipe is pretty easy to make - the hardest part is letting it simmer while it fills your kitchen with the best smells!

Grandma’s classic spaghetti – and what could be better! The ONLY bad thing about this recipe is smelling it simmering for two hours before you get to eat it. This recipe is pretty straight forward and comes together pretty easily. Aside from chopping onions and browning meat, it could easily be made with heavy help from little helpers, too.

In full disclosure, this is my grandma’s recipe for spaghetti, and she is very German and NOT Italian. HOWEVER, my husband is very Italian and he approved of it. We were a bit nervous how he might react – LOL!

You can certainly make this recipe exactly as written and have a wonderful meal, but as with any pasta sauce, you also have the opportunity to play around a bit with the flavors and doctor the sauce to your liking. When I make it next, I might try adding some Italian seasoning and some crushed red pepper flakes. Additionally, I think you could make this with ground Italian sausage to really kick up th flavor, or with lots of chopped mushroom or veggie crumbles for a veggie version – YUM!

This spaghetti recipe is also great for freezing – except for the noodles. Once you’re done making the sauce, just omit the noodles and allow it to cool and then pop it in the freezer. Reheat on the stove top for fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce anytime!

I hope you try this spaghetti recipe and if you do, please let us know what you think in the comments below or share a pic with us on Instagram (@bdhbakes).


  • Brown Ground Beef 

    Preheat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Once the pot is very hot, add you ground beef and stir occasionally, breaking it up into small crumbles.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Cooking Beef
    Grandma's Spaghetti Beef Cooked
  • Chop Onions 

    While the beef is browning, chop your onions.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Chopped Onions
  • Add Onions 

    Once the ground beef is browned, add the chopped onions and stir to combine.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Add Onions
    Grandma's Spaghetti Stir In Onions
  • Add Garlic 

    Either chop up your garlic cloves OR just smash them well with your knife and throw into the beef and onion mixture. Stir to combine.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Smash Garlic
    Grandma's Spaghetti Stir in Garlic
  • Add Tomatoes 

    Add your large and small cans of diced tomatoes. (No need to drain!) Stir to combine.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Add Tomatoes
    Grandma's Spaghetti Stir in Tomatoes
  • Add Tomato Paste and Water 

    Next, add the two cans of tomato paste, and two tomato paste cans full of water. Stir well to combine.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Add Tomato Paste
    Grandma's Spaghetti Add Water
  • Season and Simmer 

    Season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about 2 hours.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Simmer
  • Cook your Noodles 

    When your sauce has about 15-20 minutes left to simmer, cook your pasta according to the package directions.

  • Add the Spaghetti 

    Drain your pasta and immediately add to your big pot of sauce. Stir to combine and serve.

    Grandma's Spaghetti Add Noodles
    Grandma's Spaghetti Stir to Combine



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