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Quick, Easy Spaghetti Sauce with Flavorful Surprises

Updated on July 15, 2014

© 2009 by Daniel Carter. All rights reserved. Copying or reproducing any portion of this article without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.

I'm a Bachelor

I work a lot of jobs like most people these days, so I don't cook much. When I do cook, I want to take enough time to have something yummy without taking more than 30 minutes to make. I like really good spaghetti sauce on really good pasta. But regardless of the pasta in the end, the sauce is the make or break for me.

That being said, I know there are other terrific sauce recipes out there, but I'm thinking in terms of ease, time and flavor. The trick is that so much of the work is already done because you're using store bought sauce as a base.

This recipe is easy to do, and takes about 20 minutes to throw in a pot. It's chunky and full of meat and surprises. It's best to let simmer for at least an hour, and even better if you put it in the fridge overnight and put it on to simmer and serve the next day.

Best Ever Meaty, Chunky Spaghetti Sauce


2 cans cheap spaghetti sauce, (about 24 oz each. Doesn't have to be exact.)

2 cans basil/oregano stewed tomatoes (or something Italian-like), 14 oz cans

1 can tomato paste (about 3 or 4 oz)

1-2 small cans sliced olives (or use a large can of unsliced olives, either slicing or smashing them (smashing them releases more flavor).

1-2 small cans mushrooms, or 8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms

1 container of artichoke hearts drained from liquid (about a 24 oz container)

1 large red, green or yellow pepper, chopped.

1 small onion, chopped

1 lb extra lean ground beef

3-4 mild italian sausages

3-4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

As a side note, you could add extra seasonings of your choice, including adding fresh crushed garlic. However, add sparingly since the tomato sauce base, stewed tomatoes, and meat are all seasoned. Work with the flavor, and let it develop. Add only if you really think something is missing.


In a saucepan, boil water and add Italian sausage. Rolling boil 7 minutes. Once the sausages are in the water, start browning the hamburger as described below:

In a large frying pan, add worcestershire sauce, hamburger, onions and brown the hamburger. When sausages are done, chop into bite sized pieces and add to the hamburger and finish browning.

In a medium to large kettle on medium heat, add all the other ingredients. They can be added all at the same time. (Remember, this is a bachelor cooking, so I'm eyeing the clock the whole time.)

Mix ingredients using a wooden spoon (my personal preference), but don't over stir.

Stir in hamburger/sausages into kettle mixture. Make sure you have a lid to cover the kettle. The flavor isn't as intense if you leave the kettle uncovered. DO NOT bring sauce to a rolling boil. As it approaches a boil, lower heat to lowest setting, stirring one more time, and let simmer for an hour.

Leave it Alone!

Now leave the lid alone, go away, and go make the pasta or salad or garlic bread or something. Or get on the computer and tell me if you liked this recipe. It's the first one I've ever attempted to post in public!!

Choose a Great Pasta

For pasta, you can use whole wheat, spinach, or regular pasta. You can use spaghetti, angel hair, and even rigatoni. A friend of mine says rigatoni is best because there's more sauce in the tubular pasta.

If You Can, Let it Marinate Over Night

As I mentioned at the first, if you plan ahead, this sauce is actually more flavorful if you let it simmer one hour, then let it cool, put it in the fridge and reheat and serve the next day.

Serves anywhere from 5 to 8 servings, depending on how many bachelors are in the crowd. And if you have leftovers, put the remaining sauce (without pasta) in a freezer container and reheat when you're ready to enjoy more.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Daniel - Thank you for your wonderful recipe. Just like katiem2, I'm a vegetarian so I'll leave out the meat. Sorry I haven't been to visit sooner. I promise to not be a stranger again.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Daniel, Spaghetti is my FAVORITE Dinner, I'm a veg head so I do it without meat, I do add tofu sometimes. I'm impressed with a man who cooks my fave food. Thanks and Peace :)

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Better late than never!! Glad you came by. Hope you enjoy!

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      sexeducationnow 8 years ago

      i like i like !!though i seem to b a bit late here, but still a bachelor ;)

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Thanks, habee! Let me know how you like it!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thumbs up, Dan'l! My hubby loves spaghetti, so I'll have to try this. Sounds yummy!

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      No probs, my friend! You're always good with me! Just glad we are friends in the great community!

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Ooooppps sorry, did I open a sensitive topic? My mouth (in this case, my fingers) tend to run out on me sometimes. If I did, my apologies. If I did not, hmmm, maybe I should predict when you will date again? j/k :)

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Hey emie!! Thanks so much for dropping by. This sauce has evolved over a period of about 3 years, and I keep adding little details which can make a difference. I'm sure you have lovely single friends. I doubt that I will be ready to date again for a long time. The thought makes me nervous!!! But it's such a nice compliment that you would even joke about it with me!

      Thanks, my friend!

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey Daniel, didn't know that you're a bachelor. Can I set you up with some of single friends? LOL j/k. I love spaghetti and I like looking at spaghetti recipes, that's why when I opened your hubpage and I saw this hub, I immediately clicked on it. I certainly picked some tips from here - the artichoke hearts and the marinating overnight. I'll definitely try it next time. Thanks.

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      Tina 8 years ago from Wv

      pretty cool recipie.. but artichoke hearts?? Hmm I will have to try this one day! Great hub!

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      Godslittlechild 8 years ago

      I make crockpot spaghetti sauce from scratch. It's different than your recipe here. I'm going to try this next time I make spaghetti. It sounds very good!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Sounds great Daniel! Can't wait to try it out - and Enelle - yes, slow cooking overnight is soooo good!

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      Buzzy 8 years ago from North Bay, Ontario Canada

      Sounds fantastic! Can't wait to try this one.

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Thanks, Enelle! I'm always open to great suggestions for making things even easier and still accomplish the intent. So appreciate you stopping by and leaving your great suggestion!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      For a first time recipe posting, you picked a great one and you are so right about leaving it overnight. Something you might want to try (if you don't already have one) is a slow cooker...put the ingredients in before you go to bed and let it cook overnight and the next day! Makes awesome stews or pot roasts ;) then come home from work and dinner is waiting :D

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      keira7 8 years ago

      As the french will say "houlalala". look lovely and yummy. Thank you. I will try this recipe. Merci Mr Daniel. Take care.

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Thanks for stopping by, dohn and loveofnight! Cooking with limited time seems to be a pretty normal thing these days, but man, if I'm gonna cook, I want something tastey! So I'm looking for tastey and relatively healthy things.

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      you cook like i do, it's just me and i don't have time to always prepare something so i like to cook enough to last....i like to use my sauce on many things, one of them is pizza bread......thx 4 share

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great stuff, Daniel! Most of us like pasta because it's cheap to eat. This is certainly much better than simply getting the sauce out of the can/bottle and then nuking it up. You probably just helped a couple of us bachelors survive the winter by writing this hub ;) Thanks!