Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce is a thick and meaty spaghetti sauce flavored with just about every spice in the spice rack. Tastes a lot like Cincinnati Chili.

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Italian meat sauce flavored with all kinds of spices makes an easy and delicious weeknight meal with plenty of leftovers. This sauce has a little of just about every spice in the spice rack. But just a little. The taste isn’t overpowering at all. It actually tastes a little like Cincinnati Chili.


Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Chili powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, a bay leaf, allspice, oregano, and red pepper flakes all simmer together for 90 minutes along with some ground beef and ground pork to make an extra thick and fully flavored meat sauce.

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Serve with some spaghetti and Parmesan cheese for a family meal everyone will come to the table for.

We had such a great weekend. Perfectly warm and sunny weather and Chase went to his prom with the sweetest, most beautiful girl. Wish I could show a picture of them together, but she might not appreciate having her prom pictures all over the internet.

So instead a picture of Chase with me.

I just love how happy he looks and am amazed at how grown-up my baby boy is. His hair is still growing in after his chemo and it is much lighter and finer than before. It feels like velvet. I’m so hoping it stays that way.

Hope everyone has a lovely week 🙂

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
A slow-simmered spaghetti sauce deliciously flavored with a wide variety of spices.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 4 cups diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and pork. Drain and set aside. Wipe skillet clean. (You can use a Dutch oven instead of a skillet.)
  2. Add oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Sauté onions for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and return cooked meat to skillet. Stir everything together well and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
Recipe Notes

If sauce gets too thick for your liking, this with some water.

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 thoughts on “Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

  1. What a great picture of you and your son. I’m so glad to see he’s so happy and strong! Sounds like a wonderful time at prom. And this spaghetti! Get me a fork, please!!

  2. Wow, I could totally go for a bowl of this right now…never mind that it’s 10:30am. I’ve been craving pasta and sauce since I got pregnant and could eat it for every meal. And I haven’t had a good meat sauce in so long!!!

  3. Aaw, I love the photo of you and Chase – so happy to hear he enjoyed prom night 🙂 This sauce sounds great – I love some heat in spaghetti sauce and yours looks fantastic!

  4. Loving the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg along with the other spices into this sauce!

    Your son does look so happy – beautiful mother son photo!

  5. I like such spaghetti sauce.. I would have a little bit of spaghetti and a lot of that sauce.. 🙂 yummy!
    Btw, is that your son? You look like sister and brother! 🙂

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