Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe You Can Make With 5 Ingredients

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Looking for a delicious meal that you can make with very few ingredients in a short amount of time? This simple and quick spaghetti sauce recipe uses just 5 ingredients and your whole family will love it!

Looking for a delicious meal that you can make with very few ingredients in a short amount of time? This simple and quick spaghetti sauce recipe uses just 5 ingredients and your whole family will love it! #quickspaghettisauce #5ingredients

Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I love cooking and having a meal on the table for my family by the time my husband gets home from work. I know that if I were the one coming home from a long day away from the house I would love to come home to the smell of something delicious.

But yes, I am only human and some days I’m very very tired. You know those days when it seems like the little one has been cutting molars for at least a month now and the kids are bored with everything in the house (and every activity you can come up with) so instead, they decide that hanging onto your legs all day seems like a good idea. You know what I’m talking about.

But never-the-less, a good warm meal can do everyone a world of good, especially on those days. This quick spaghetti sauce recipe is for the basic meat sauce that is filling and delicious. It can get on the table quickly, and that’s why we love it.

Looking for more spaghetti sauce recipes? Here’s another Spaghetti Sauce from scratch recipe that also uses fresh tomatoes!


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5 Ingredient Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This easy spaghetti sauce recipe will help you put supper on the table in a hurry on busy nights when you don't have much time to cook. It's simple and it's frugal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Creator Merissa


  • 1 pound hamburger (optional)
  • 4 cups tomato sauce (pureed or diced tomatoes will work)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt (optional)


  1. If you don't plan on using beef at all, skip this step! In a frying pan, fry the hamburger with the diced onion until no pink remains in the meat and the onions are transparent. (If you didn't use lean beef, make sure to drain excess grease from the burger before the next step.)

  2. Pour the ingredients into a saucepan if your frying pan isn't large enough. Add in the tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, and salt. Stir occasionally and let the mixture simmer until warmed through.

  3. Serve over warm pasta. If you feel fancy add a bit of Parmesan cheese on top.

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That’s it! In about 15 to 20 minutes, you have a complete, hearty supper on the table with this 5 ingredient Spaghetti Sauce. I usually slice up some kind of vegetable or fruit that doesn’t need to be cooked to go along with the meal to keep it quick.

Simple Spaghetti Sauce Cooking Tips

If you want to make this dish and you have a little more time or want it to be warm by the time you come home, you could also make this simple spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker. I brown the meat first (if I’m adding it) and then add all the ingredients together and place them on low for 4 hours.

It would be so easy to make this recipe with everything that you’ve grown yourself! Use home canned tomatoes, fresh oregano from your herb garden, and homegrown garlic and onions. If you raise beef, you can even have produced that yourself as well. There’s nothing like enjoying a meal that you really did make and grow yourself!

Trying to plan better, more frugal meals for your family so that you always have a warm meal on the table and aren’t wasting money at the grocery store? You’ve got to check out my ebook Meal Planning Made Simple. Even if you thought meal planning didn’t work for your family, this ebook will help you find the perfect fit for your family’s style.

Looking for more quick and easy meals to put on the table on busy nights? Check out this post for some of my favorite Quick, 3 Ingredient Meals and this post for my other favorite 5 Ingredient Meals!

What are some of your family’s favorite simple meals?


This Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in August 2018. It has been updated as of August 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, your post is awesome. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. This looks so tasty and I love that there are only 5 ingredients! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!