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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

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

A slow-simmered spaghetti sauce deliciously flavored with a wide variety of spices.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 hour 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.)
  • Add oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Sauté onions for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and return cooked meat to skillet. Stir everything together well and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.


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


Calories: 327kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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25 thoughts on “Spiced Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. Catfish Vinnie Frazier

    Buon pomeriggio, I truly believed this had to do with a dish of sauce, did it not? Well then let’s return with the subject at hand, and if some of you don’t mind, please hinder the cracks among each other, I’m more than certain that both Christin and I would be more than honored. Now then, I’m “Catfish Vinnie,” I received that name in 1984 for my numerous victories in catfish and chess tournaments. Christin, I’d like to open by crediting you with the following… that recipe for your sauce truly was satisfying, dainty, flavorful, succulent, toothsome, flavorsome, pungent, gratifying, piquant, appetizing, palatable, and in the fashion that I served it was in a Queens Gambit presentation. I prepare numerous Italiano and Siciliano dishes, and having stated that, I loved your sauce. Christin, your sauce was simply sinonimi, succoso e apptitoso…. I had to say in Italian my dear Sister, what an outstanding sauce. Now then, I did read some of the other comments, and for any of them that didn’t give you uncounted stars of either an Italian or Sicilian Gambit, then you disregard their post forthwith. Let us not forget my Sitster, your sauce as well had presentation. I loved it!. Grazie millie Christin, grazie millie!.

  2. My house smells great and my husband loves it, we add a little sugar since we like our sauce sweet, but this was perfect, thanks!

  3. The recipe sounded really good so I had to try it and I’m glad I made it. However, it could just be personal taste but I didn’t like the nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice flavouring to it. So next time I will try leaving those out.

  4. Christy needs to chill up there lol. Have you tried making it? It’s actually quite delicious.

  5. Sounds like everyone is more interested in your son’s prom pics rather than this absolute mess of a sauce. Red sauce should NEVER have all spice & nutmeg 🤮

  6. 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!!

  7. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    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!!!

  8. 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!

  9. Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com

    I love the last photograph of the sauce. And what a cute photo of you and your son.

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I am so glad to see that Chase enjoyed his prom. You two look great! I love a little kick to my spaghetti sauce and I love that this one taste like Cincinnati chili. Plus, it is so thick, just how I like it!

  11. 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!

  12. 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! 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      That’s the way I like it too Medeja- just a little spaghetti and a lot of sauce! That is my son. He just turned 17 and people always think he’s much older.

        1. TERESA A LARSON

          I don’t know on what planet the measurements are enough for 8 servings… but it is delicious

  13. Amy (Savory Moments)

    I’m glad your son enjoyed his prom! Your sauce looks great – a really different change-up to spaghetti sauce!

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