Simple Recipes Made with Simple Ingredients

Creamy Spaghetti Meat Sauce w/ Cremini Mushrooms & Dried Thyme

Creamy Spaghetti Meat Sauce w/ Cremini Mushrooms & Dried Thyme


When talking about pasta meat sauce, I’m not a big fan of seeing watery juices around my plate. I love my meat sauce thick and creamy. I don’t remember anymore how I came about this idea of adding bouillon in my meat sauce, but ever since I started making it this way, I never looked back.

If you want to see how I  made this creamy cremini mushroom meat sauce with loads of thyme, watch the video below. I recommend using fresh thyme if you have that available. Fresh spices are always better than the dried version. I didn’t have it handy when I made this recipe, but the dried thyme did the job. You can also add some fresh basil to this if you wish. I would if I had it available at our local market. Unfortunately they ran out…sigh!



Creamy Cremini Mushroom Spaghetti Meat Sauce w Thyme

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy pasta sauce, meat sauce, pasta sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Olive oil
  • .552 kg Medium ground beef
  • 1/2 White onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 8-10 pcs Cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup Tomato paste
  • 1 cube Vegetable bouillon
  • 2-3 tbsp Dried thyme leaves use fresh if available
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper



  1. 1) Bring a pot of water to a boil.

    2)Once boiling, add the spaghetti and cook (stirring occasionally) for 9-10 minutes for an al dente result.

    3)Once time is up, drain and run the pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process. 

    4)Set aside.

Meat Sauce

  1. -In a pan, start with olive oil, followed by the chopped garlic, onion and ground meat. Cook until semi-brown. 

    - Add the sliced mushrooms. Cook until brown. 

    - Add the seasonings: dried thyme, salt and pepper.

    - Crush and melt 1 vegetable or beef bouillon in hot water and add it in the pan. 

    - Add the tomato paste. The tomato paste and bouillon will thicken the sauce. Add about 1 cup water. Cook 

    *NOTE: Add a little bit more water if this is too thick for your liking. 

    - Add the coconut sugar. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.


  1. On a plate, start with the pasta and add the sauce on top. 

    Add some shredded cheddar cheese. 

    Drizzle with evoo if you wish. 

    Garnish with dried thyme. And voila! 

Recipe Notes

I highly recommend adding fresh basil leaves to your pasta. Add sliced basil right at the very end with the stove already turned off.  It's so yummy! I would too if I had available when I made this video. Enjoy!

Sharing Is Caring

Any questions?

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *