One of my favorite go-to meals to make when I’ve run out of time or don’t have anything planned for a meal that day is spaghetti. It’s quick and easy even when I make spaghetti sauce from scratch.

Several weeks back I turned an old barrel pond we had into an herb garden. Homemade spaghetti sauce is the main reason why I want my own herb garden. Cooking with fresh herbs brings a completely different kind of flavor to any dish that one prepares. Fresh definitely does make a difference.

Right now I only have fresh herbs to add to my spaghetti sauce recipe but soon I will be making my spaghetti sauce using tomatoes from the garden as well (which I’ll post about whenever the time comes).

Spaghetti Sauce using Fresh Herbs

6 oz. tomato paste
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 lb. of ground beef
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp brown sugar

Brown ground beef, until no longer pink, in a large skillet. After hamburger is completely cooked drain and rinse, return to pan and add onions and chopped bell peppers. Cook until vegetables are soft and translucent. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well. Add in remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Cover and cook on low-medium heat for 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta & garlic bread.


Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family. When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys.


  1. Can I just tell you how jealous I am? I just bought some herb seedlings from a nursery yesterday-it's still a bit early to put them in the ground here in the cool cool northeast. Sigh.

    And BTW-I love your painted rock. You are just so cute!

    • Thanks friend. It's a Sharpie'd rock :) Quick and Easy. I think my next project with probably be making signs for the garden (I'm starting to forget what I planted where….oops!), I found this awesome tutorial on pinterest on how to make garden signs using lids from frozen juice cans, wire coat hangers, and jewelry charms. I think they will look fabulous, whenever I collect enough juice can lids :D

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