Homemade Pasta Sauce

I have fond memories of staying at my Grandpa and Grandma
Franklin’s during summer months. They lived on a farm so a lot of
time was spent outside.  My Grandma was an amazing cook!
She always prepared a big meal for my sister, cousins and me
when we stayed over.  I will always remember her 
homemade spaghetti sauce.  She always made this sauce 
and served it in a vintage bowl, all by itself.  The pasta, spaghetti,
was served in another bowl.  We would put our pasta on
on plates and pour however much sauce we wanted 
over our pasta.  Parmesan cheese was always on the table.

This is Grandma’s Homemade Pasta Sauce.

Here is a printable copy…
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

32 ounces of tomato sauce 

3 teaspoons black pepper, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon crushed oregano leaves
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon parsley
1 8 ounce can mushroom stems and pieces, chopped fine
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large sauce pan, add olive oil, beef, onion salt and garlic powder.  Cook until beef is cooked thoroughly.  Add tomato sauce, black pepper, oregano leaves and sugar.  Bring mixture to a low boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and continue simmering on low heat for 30 minutes.  Serve over pasta of choice.

  • I only use Contadina tomato sauce.  
  • Fresh herbs are my first choice when available.
  • I have been known to add more black pepper.  


  1. 3t of pepper?

  2. Missouri Farm Chick says:

    Yes…that is correct. You can adjust if you are not a big fan. I've even added more pepper. Pepper is the spice that dominates this recipe. How much pepper are you thinking? Thanks for your question!

  3. Frameless Shower Doors says:

    My mother have always used ready-made pasta sauce..the kind that you can buy from stores out there. Sometimes it gets boring because there is nothing really new from the taste. I will make use of this recipe!