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Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce starts with a jar of spaghetti sauce, has some awesome stuff added to it and becomes the best tasting “homemade” spaghetti sauce ever!

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Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I am all about from scratch homemade recipes.

However, there are days when I just do not have time for “homemade.”

And that’s OK. Seriously.

In fact, this Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is just for those days that you don’t have time to make dinner from scratch.

Sometimes, all that matters is getting a good tasting meal that your kids will eat and that doesn’t take more than 30 minutes from start to finish.

That is where this meal comes in place.

This Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce takes 20 minutes to whip up.

That gives you enough time to cook the sauce, boil noodles, and get dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

I’d say that is pretty dang good for a busy weeknight!

My kids LOVE this sauce.

In fact, my daughter prefers just a bowl of it.

Forget the noodles, just slide her over a bowl of spaghetti sauce.

Now because of this, I like to leave mine a bit meatier than most.

It’s easier for her to eat as a meatier sauce than a soupy sauce.

Plus I like it a bit meatier than usual spaghetti sauce.

However, if you like yours a bit more saucy, just don’t add as much meat.

I also love this Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce because it freezes really well.

I tend to buy large quantities of meat at a big box store, then whip up a massive batch of this sauce and freeze it in small portions.

When we are in a pinch for time, this can be heated up in a cinch and consumed quickly before we have to run out the door again.

It’s great for a homemade lunch, school lunch and quick weeknight dinner.

I love how versatile this recipe is and hope you do too!

If you love spaghetti, give this Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce a try!

There really is no wrong way to enjoy this halfway homemade spaghetti sauce!

Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves minced.
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar of your favorite pasta sauce. Ours is Prego Meat Sauce.


  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 noodles.



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