Adding Beef Broth to Spaghetti Sauce?

Has anyone ever added a can of beef broth as one of the ingredients when making homemade italian spaghetti sauce? I saw a couple recipes that included beef broth as part of the recipe.


I was going to try it, but didn't want to take a chance on maybe ruining the recipe? Thanks for replies!

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By Kendy (Guest Post)
August 4, 20061 found this helpful

My Italian MIL taught me to always make my sauce with a big hunk of beef in it, so if you come across a recipe that calls for beef broth, rest assured it is only going to add lots of rich flavor- make sure your sauce starts out nice and thick,though-use tomato paste and lots of sauteed onions, that's her secret.

January 20, 20200 found this helpful

Beef Broth I put it into the spaghetti sauce. First time today.
Sauce taste sensational better than I've ever made it.
Excellent Choice.
Sincerely Mary jo

By Jim Lewis (Guest Post)
August 4, 20061 found this helpful

I've done it with good results. You may want to take a look at Rachel Ray's recipe (I think it's under tomato sauce) on her section in Food TV's website.


The beef stock (make sure you use unsalted or low-sodium if you're not using homemade) gives the sauce a deeper flavor. I'd recommend going lightly on the stock and tasting as you go to make sure you don't overpower the basic tomato taste.

Hope this helps.


September 1, 20190 found this helpful

I 8 ounce can of beef broth to 1 qt. of red sauce. Makes a perfect robust italian gravy. Mama Mia that's a wonderful!!!!

August 5, 20060 found this helpful

I should think beef broth added to homemade spaghetti sauce would taste great.I regularly add it to homemade chili and it make an incredible difference.

By kellie (Guest Post)
August 7, 20062 found this helpful

My italian grandmothers recipe calls for a beef boullion cube and her sauce is excellent.

August 7, 20060 found this helpful

I don't think I would add broth to my spaghetti sauce because it would make it pretty runny. I like thick sauce. My former MIL used to put the drippings from broiling a steak into her sauce. (yummy).I add Au jus to my sauce to give it that beefy flavor.


You buy it where the sml. packaged gravy mixes are at the grocery store. For a large pot of sauce I add about 4 or 5 tsps. Give it a try and see what you think. Judy

August 7, 20060 found this helpful

I always toss in a tablespoon or two of Miller's Beef Flavored Soup Base when I make my sauce, it gives it a great flavor. You can find it in the soup aisle, comes in a one pound plastic jar. You can also use the soup base for making gravy and even as a seasoning when making casseroles, soups etc.

August 7, 20060 found this helpful

yes i am australian & when my husbands favourite spaghetti sauce was deleted,he could not find anything to his recipe i have is:
500gm diet mince(lean beef mince)


1 tsp crushed garlic
1 sm diced onion
1tsp dried oregano
1 410gm tin tomato puree(just under 1 pound)
1 cup of water
1/4cup tomato paste
1 tsp beef stock powder
cracked pepper optional
brown mince in saucepan coated with cooking spray,add 1 cup beef broth(or aussie version 1 beef stock cube disolved in 1 cup water),tomato puree,garlic,onion,oregano,tomato paste & pepper.Bring to the boil,reduce heat & simmer for 5minutes,serve with may need to simmer sauce longer to thicken

By Karen (Guest Post)
August 8, 20061 found this helpful

I've always added a couple of beef boullion cubes to mine and it gives it a richer flavor I think - I do the same thing with pinto beans -


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August 8, 20060 found this helpful

Definitely add it--the more flavor, the better. If it does make it too thin, just add some more tomato paste to help thicken it up.

I always save leftover beef gravy/juices in a small container in my freezer and add it to the large pots of sauce that I make from scratch. It really enhances the taste.

August 8, 20060 found this helpful

Yes, beef broth is great with most tomato recipes. Adds a real richness. Try it, you'll like it!

July 29, 20170 found this helpful

I use brown gravy mix to soften the tomato presence in my spaghetti sauce, and I never use tomato paste - it's too strong. Tomato sauce and a pkg of brown beef gravy mix is perfect.

March 18, 20180 found this helpful

I have sauce on the stove right now & it needs a meatier flavor. I have brown gravy mix in the pantry & wondered if I could add it to my sauce.


Thank you for answering my question! Im going to add it right now!

August 29, 20200 found this helpful

Yes, its delicious and my Italian grandmother used to add it to her sauce every time. Her key for rich flavor is start with browning meats to the pot first then add sautéed onion and garlic in the meat juices with a little EVO and lightly caramelize before adding the rest of ingredients to cook. Then she would add one or two cubes of beef bullion while it was simmering very low for a few hours.


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