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Spaghetti Sauce with Prego

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Spaghetti Sauce with Prego is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have time to make it from scratch but still want a healthy meal! It’s easy, quick, and only takes a few ingredients.


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Noodles and red sauce are one of those classic meals that families just can’t live without. Which is why you need a quick way to make it that is still healthy and yummy.

I love this spaghetti recipe with prego because it’s so quick and easy! Sometimes I just need dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

I also love this prego meat sauce recipe because it uses just a handful of ingredients!

Plus this semi homemade spaghetti sauce is better than the jar but without a lot of effort from me.

And spaghetti with prego sauce is definitely a kid friendly meal! I serve it whenever my kids are inviting friends because I know they’ll all eat it.

So let’s make your next spaghetti night an easy one!


ground beef and onion in a skillet ready to cook


What Ingredients are in Spaghetti With Prego Sauce?

This family-pleasing meal is one of our favorite recipes and perfect for a busy weeknight. Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef: Add more or less extra lean ground beef if you like yours meatier or more saucy.
  • Onion: I prefer white onion but you could use yellow onion if preferred.
  • Garlic Paste: Use garlic paste or garlic cloves.
  • Brown Sugar: This will sweeten the spaghetti sauce.
  • Pasta Sauce: You can use your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce. Ours is Prego Meat Sauce.

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t forget the shredded parmesan cheese as a great topping for the cheese lovers in your life.
  • Make this a vegan sauce by substituting chopped mushrooms for the ground beef.
  • If you substitute with onion powder or garlic powder be careful not to over season.


ground beef and onion cooked in a skillet


How to Make Spaghetti with Prego Sauce

Prego pasta sauce is a classic red sauce that with just a little adjustment makes one of our favorite dishes that the whole family enjoys!

  1. Cook: First cook the ground beef and onion before adding the rest of ingredients.
  2. Serve: Serve hot over your favorite noodles. Spaghetti noodles are mine but my kids love the different shaped ones.

Pro Tips:

  • Use the same pot to cook the sauce as you used to cook the noodles to save on dishes.
  • Serve with garlic bread and a salad for a complete and classic spaghetti dinner.
  • Follow the package directions on your product packaging for your chosen noodle type.


garlic paste, brown sugar and prego pasta sauce added to meat


How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

There are a couple of easy ways to get that thick texture. You can add a cornstarch slurry, allow the spaghetti to simmer, or add more meat or vegetables.

To add a cornstarch slurry, mix cornstarch with cold water using a 1:2 ratio. Once mixed, add it to the spaghetti sauce and stir to thicken.

Another great option is to allow the sauce to simmer longer. Excess moisture will boil out the longer it cooks. Just be sure to stir occasionally so it doesn’t boil.

Adding more meat or vegetables will naturally thicken the sauce as there will be more food in it.

Good vegetables to consider are shredded carrots, chopped bell pepper, minced spinach, diced tomatoes, or chopped mushrooms.

It’s a great way to sneak in extra vegetables as well!

Whatever flavorful seasonings that you add, be sure they don’t overpower the original prego sauce.


zoomed in image of spaghetti sauce in skillet


How Long is Spaghetti Sauce Good for in the Fridge?

Spaghetti sauce should be kept in an airtight container for freshness.

It can be kept for up to 5 days after you’ve cooked it.

Be sure to let it cool before transferring to your container.

You do not need to refrigerate prego traditional pasta sauce before it has been cooked.

Which means you can use all pantry ingredients to whip this up without even running to the grocery store.

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

Frozen spaghetti sauce is easy and a great meal prep! It’s as easy as preparing the sauce, transferring to an airtight container or freezer safe bag, and then freezing.

Let the sauce cool completely and then once in your chosen container write ‘Spaghetti Sauce’ and the date.


spaghetti sauce in skillet with a wooden spoon holding up a portion.


Is Spaghetti Sauce Gluten Free?

Most spaghetti sauce is gluten free so you don’t need to worry about the allergen content.

If you’re choosing a sauce be sure to look to see if it contains any wheat ingredients.

The prego spaghetti sauce has a pretty extensive list of gluten free sauces so if you’re choosing one of those just be sure to check the label.

Can Dogs Have Spaghetti Sauce?

Dogs shouldn’t eat spaghetti sauce. They may contain additives which can be harmful to dogs.

Also, to the tomato sauce is often added garlic or onions. Both of which are tasty seasonings but toxic for dogs.

If your dog swipes your plate of spaghetti, be sure to keep an eye on them and call the vet if you have any problems.


top view of spaghetti sauce with prego on top of spaghetti


How Long Does Spaghetti Sauce Last?

This easy take on spaghetti sauce should be transferred to the fridge or freezer once you are done eating it.

Don’t leave it on the counter for hours or it may go bad quicker.

In the fridge spaghetti sauce will last for up to 5 days.

You can freeze spaghetti sauce for up to 6 months.


side view of a forkful of spaghetti and sauce - ready to eat.


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Spaghetti Sauce with Prego is a quick and easy weeknight meal. It’s a family favorite and I know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!


Yield: 6 Servings

Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

top side view of sauce on top of spaghetti

Spaghetti Sauce with Prego is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have time to make it from scratch but still want a healthy meal! It’s easy, quick, and only takes a few ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  1. Cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until ground beef is cooked through and onion is clear and translucent.
  2. Add garlic, brown sugar and pasta sauce. Bring to a boil.
  3. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, letting flavors meld and sugar to dissolve.
  4. Serve over your favorite spaghetti noodles.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 23g
Originally Posted: December 7, 2013

Photos & Text Updated: January 25, 2023

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Sunday 9th of December 2018

This is the perfect base recipe. I added 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayanne pepper, oregano, parsley, basil, 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste and 1 cup of water.

Cook on low heat for 1 hour.

Lip smacking good.


Thursday 11th of April 2024

@Janelle, I didn't see where it said to drain the fat/grease from the meat (extra lean still has fat), so I'm curious if it should be drained or not... Thanks


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Carole I love your additions! I'll have to try them myself next time I whip this up! Thank you for taking the time to share your tweaks with us!

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