Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

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Spiced Spaghetti Sauce is aย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
A slow-simmered spaghetti sauce deliciously flavored with a wide variety of spices.
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  • 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. Sautรฉ onions for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sautรฉ 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

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21 thoughts on “Spiced Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Sounds like everyone is more interested in your sonโ€™s prom pics rather than this absolute mess of a sauce. Red sauce should NEVER have all spice & nutmeg ๐Ÿคฎ

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!!!

  4. Aaw, I love the photo of you and Chase – so happy to hear he enjoyed prom night ๐Ÿ™‚ This sauce sounds great – I love some heat in spaghetti sauce and yours looks fantastic!

  5. 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!

  6. I like such spaghetti sauce.. I would have a little bit of spaghetti and a lot of that sauce.. ๐Ÿ™‚ yummy!
    Btw, is that your son? You look like sister and brother! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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