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Flavourful Spaghetti Recipe

A few years ago, we went to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Although I can’t think of many other times that I’ve ordered spaghetti at a restaurant, I thought, “How could I not?!” After all, we were‎ at the Spaghetti Factory!‎

To my disappointment, it seemed like nothing more than a plain can of spaghetti sauce poured over spaghetti noodles.‎ No flavour, no texture, no nothing to actually deserve the name “Spaghetti Factory”.

And so I leave you with my flavourful version instead. Sure, it’s a little more labour-intensive than just pouring sauce out of a can, but it’s totally worth it in my (biased) opinion. Best part is it’s so tasty and filling without having to break the bank! I reckon that if you already have all the seasonings and only need to buy the meat and sauces, this will cost a maximum of $15 – less if you had stocked up during a sale. I also esimate you could probably get 6-8 meals out of this, so less than $2 per serving isn’t bad  🙂

Pro tip: make extra and freeze in small portions for quick and easy meals!‎image


  • Half a medium onion, chopped finely
  • ‎1-2 TBS of minced garlic (to taste)‎
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 700mL can of Classico Tomato & Basil sauce (or similar)
  • ‎2 TBS white sugar
  • 1.5 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 0.5 tsp fennel seeds‎
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning‎
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 TBS parsley (dried or fresh, chopped)‎
  • Water‎
  • Optional: parsely for garnish, freshly grated Parmesan cheese‎
  • Spaghetti‎
  • 1.75 pounds of ground beef

– OR –
1 pound of ground beef & 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage‎
(Adjust amount of meat to your preference. I only used 1 lb of ground beef this time and found it to be sufficient.)


Step 1: In a big wok, saute the chopped onions on medium heat until they start turning golden.‎

Step 2: Add the minced garlic and saute it until it starts turning golden, but don’t let it brown completely.

Step 3: Add the ground beef (and Italian sausage if you opted for it). Break the sausage into smaller chunks and stir occasionally until well browned.

Step 4: Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato sauce.

Step 5: ‎Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, parsley and salt and pepper, to taste. Depending on consistency and your preference, add water (I added 0.5 cups).

Step 6: Simmer for 1.5 hours for best flavour, stirring occasionally.


Step 7: Boil spaghetti, serve with fresh pasta sauce, garnish with parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired, then ENJOY!



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