“Fake Homemade” Spaghetti Sauce

This is a quick, cheap and delicious spaghetti sauce that I created to serve over pasta.  It will fake out most people who think you have slaved over the stove to create a homemade sauce.  It can be ready in about 20 minutes.  Usually I start it as I put my water on to boil.  By the time the water boils and the pasta cooks, the sauce can be served.  The longer it cooks the better though, so no worries if you start early.  Easy to freeze also!


  • 1 26 oz jar plain spaghetti sauce (I use a generic)
  • 1 1/2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb ground beef (lean)
  • 2 tbs minced garlic (more to taste!)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Dried Italian seasoning


  1. In a large pan, brown ground beef with onions and garlic, drain
  2. Return to pan and add spaghetti sauce, crushed tomatoes, salt and olive oil
  3. Sprinkle seasonings over top and stir
  4. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer
  5. Cook for 20+ minutes
  6. Serve over pasta!