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Mom's Quick Pasta Sauce Recipe

Mom's Quick Pasta Sauce

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"This is my mom's incredible (well, to everyone that's tried it) spaghetti sauce that I use for most of my Italian-style dishes. Add herbs and extra water as you prefer or to suit the occasion. Serve over your favorite pasta, or use as a lasagna sauce."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef. Mix in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, onion soup mix, water, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, and ground black pepper.
  2. Simmer until heated through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 11, 2005

We have reviewed this recipe for errors, and it should actually call for only 1 package of onion soup mix. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 11, 2005

I added only 2 packages of the soup mix when I tasted it YIKES!!!! I added about 4 more cans of tomato product trying to dilute all that salt. DISGUSTING!!!

Oct 17, 2006

I have finally found a wonderful homemade sauce!! This recipe was PERFECT, I would not change a thing. At first I thought I wouldn't have enough sauce for a whole box of pasta, but as it turned out there was some leftover. YUM.... will definitely make this again. Very diet friendly for my weight watchers core plan too!!

Jan 29, 2004

I am a novice cook and this dish was delicious and SO easy to make. I cut down on the onion mix packets and just used 3 packets and will know better next time to go easier on the salt. I also added some red bell peppers to the sauce and it turned out thick and flavorful - will definitely make it again. Since I live alone I froze the rest but I'm looking forward to finally being able to invite friends over for dinner! I cooked it with a slow cooker, too, and it was delicious!

Oct 22, 2008

Very tasty sauce. I added sliced fresh mushrooms and a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic because of other reviews that said the sauce needed to be more tomato-ey. Also a little wine to boost the flavor and some additional oregano & basil because of the extra tomatoes. I would suggest simmering for longer than "until heated" - about 20-30 minutes - to avoid any crunchiness from the dry onions.

Dec 17, 2010

Made this sauce with meatballs instead. 3/4 package of Onion soup mix and a little more water. This sauce is Stupid Good!!! The whole family loved it!!!! The 12 year old thought it was great!! I would use the entire 1oz package of soup mix if I used the ground beef. THANK YOU!

Feb 08, 2011

Tried this once and thought it was VERY delicious. No more store bought bottled sauces for me.

Dec 10, 2012

I use the same ingredients except I chop fresh onions and bell peppers instead of the onion soup mix, I use 2 cans of tomato sauce instead of one, I add a can of stewed tomatoes and I use dried Italian Seasoning instead of the Oregano (I do add additional dried Basil as the recipe suggests). It only takes an additional 5-7 minutes of prep time, but it makes all the difference in the world. Another secret of mine is to use Worcestershire Sauce while browning the ground beef and I sweat the onions and bell peppers in 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil before adding the meat to brown. This makes the meat so much more flavorful. Oh, and I would omit the water and add a teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity.


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  • Calories
  • 262 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 16.1 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 1130 mg
  • 45%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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