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Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce

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Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. 

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EASY SPAGHETTI SAUCE

If there was ever a meal that I could make every single night and my kids would not get tired of it, it would be spaghetti! No matter how you make it’s a family favorite and most importantly kid-approved. 

When I have a bit more time I love making my homemade spaghetti meat sauce and letting it simmer on the stove top for as long as possible. But those busy weeknights sometimes call for something simpler, like this easy spaghetti sauce recipe I am sharing today. 

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Dinner Recipe | Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. #dinner #dinnerrecipes #recipeoftheday #spaghetti #pasta

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR SEMI-HOMEMADE EASY SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Lean Ground Beef – I always buy the 93/7 ground beef. I still drain it because I do not like any extra oil/grease in my spaghetti sauce. Use whatever ground beef you prefer. 

Smoked Sausage – This will probably be the one ingredient that no many have used. You will find it by the hot dogs and bacon in the grocery store. It looks like a U-shape sausage that comes completely wrapped. Look at the picture below for a visual. There are so many varieties and flavors of this sausage so just buy one you love. I always get the plain smoked sausage. 

Salsa – This may seem odd but trust me, it gives so much flavor. If you think about it, salsa has all the components of really good marinara sauce; tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, and some acid. I highly suggest using a really fresh salsa vs. a jarred salsa you find in the aisles. Go to the refrigerated area of the produce section and buy one of the fresher salsa there. It will make a huge difference in the taste of the sauce. I actually love and prefer the Marketside Walmart brand of fresh salsa.

Two Jars of Spaghetti Sauce – For this recipe you need the standard sized 24 oz jars. Get two of the same or two different kinds. I love getting two different kinds, but feel free to get whatever you want! There are no rules.

Seasonings – These are just pantry staple seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, basil, salt, and pepper.

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Dinner Recipe | Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. #dinner #dinnerrecipes #recipeoftheday #spaghetti #pasta 

MY TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE

  • You can either thinly slice the smoked sausage or chop it small (almost like minced meat). I prefer to chop it really small so my kids will eat it. Otherwise, I find that most kids won’t eat something if it looks different in the dish (like bigger slices of sausage compared to the ground beef size). So I just get out a cutting board and knife, and chop it really small. Almost consistency of ground beef. You could also stick it in a food processor and pulse it a few times to get that same texture. 
  • This recipe is very versatile and adaptable. Add more or less seasonings depending on preference. If you like some heat then use a hot salsa. 
  • Serve this with some shredded parmesan cheese! Plus, all kids love to put their own cheese on their pasta. 
  • For low carb, I will typically put this spaghetti sauce over some riced cauliflower. Surprisingly, it’s actually really good! I buy the frozen stuff that you just cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. 

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Dinner Recipe | Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. #dinner #dinnerrecipes #recipeoftheday #spaghetti #pasta

TRY THESE OTHER PASTA DINNER RECIPES

  • cream cheese alfredo sauce
  • baked spaghetti casserole
  • one pot chicken alfredo pasta 
  • slow cooker spaghetti & meatballs

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. 

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (14-16 oz) smoked kielbasa sausage
  • 1 container (16 oz) fresh salsa ((about 2 cups))
  • 2 jars (24 oz each) spaghetti sauce
  1. To begin, you will want to unwrap the smoked sausage. There is no casing to remove but I do typically chop off the end pieces. For really ground up meat, cut the sausage into large pieces and place in a food processor. Pulse a few times. OR you can use a cutting board and knife to chop the sausage into small pieces OR just slice the sausage very thinly. Set aside.

  2. In a large skillet pan, over medium high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef with the basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

  3. When ground beef is almost done cooking, add in the thinly sliced or crumbled smoked sausage. Stir everything together and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes. Drain the grease.

  4. Add the salsa and both jars of spaghetti sauce. Stir everything together well and let it simmer for 10 minutes in the pan. If it starts spitting and getting too hot, just reduce the heat as needed or you can cover it with a lid. Typically I will let it come to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low.

  5. Serve over pasta noodles of your choice or over some riced cauliflower (I am not even a riced cauliflower person, but it's good with this sauce).

For best flavor please get a fresh salsa and not a jarred salsa that you find in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store. Costco and Sam’s Club both sell really yummy fresh salsas, or just go to the refrigerated area of the produce section and get one there (by the guacamoles and what not). 

I always have tons of leftovers when I makes this so I save it for another spaghetti dinner or I will use it in any recipe that calls for spaghetti sauce. Like a baked spaghetti casserole.

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Dinner Recipe | Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. #dinner #dinnerrecipes #recipeoftheday #spaghetti #pasta

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Spaghetti Sauce | Easy Dinner Recipe | Easy Spaghetti Sauce is semi-homemade and perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Ground beef and smoked sausage give so much flavor to this spaghetti sauce, jars of marinara, salsa, and some spices give maximum flavor with very little effort in this easy dinner recipe. #dinner #dinnerrecipes #recipeoftheday #spaghetti #pasta

recipe adapted from Taste of Home

 

 

 

 

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