Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

 

It’s taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it’s thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

After years of testing and testing recipes for homemade spaghetti sauce we finally have one that we want to shout from the rooftops. This easy spaghetti sauce was a great springboard but we wanted one that wasn’t just a quick recipe, but one that would simmer and bubble all day until it’s flavors were irresistible.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

At the end of the post we will answer some commonly asked questions about our favorite homemade spaghetti sauce.

 

How to Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

There are a few secrets to making a good spaghetti sauce. I believe the very first starts with the most important ingredient, the tomatoes. You’re going to want whole tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste which we will talk about later. Our local grocery store sells San Marzano tomatoes and if you have not canned your own, I highly suggest this brand as it truly does taste like a far superior tomato. If you can’t find them, try to watch for a good sale and buy the best canned tomatoes you can find. It’s worth it. I’ve linked to them so you can see what the can looks like.

 

We try to freeze or can tomato sauce as well during the summer but it is the same rule as above.

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

Fresh Herbs are also a great start and will create a more flavorful, fresh sauce, however a combination of fresh and dry or completely dry will be ok as long as follow this one step, bloom the herbs. Add the herbs while you’re sautéing things in the hot pan so that the flavors can really emerge thanks to the heat.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

Parmesan Rind- Now we come to the secret ingredient we mentioned at the beginning of the post! Don’t you dare ever throw out that parmesan rind again. What is a parmesan rind? It’s the wide end of the parmesan wedge that is hard. Toss it into your sauce and let it simmer to really allow the cheese to seep into the sauce. It doesn’t taste cheesy, but boy does it taste wonderful. Even as leftovers sit in the fridge I allow that rind to be in there.

 

Time- A truly wonderful sauce needs time. I start mine in the morning and let it simmer all day. In fact, sometimes I make it a day ahead of time, let it sit in the fridge and then slowly bring it back to temperature the day of serving. Time is the only thing that can meld and fully bloom the flavors of the sauce.

 

Meat- You don’t need meat in a spaghetti sauce, but if you do use it I prefer to do half beef and half Italian sausage or all Italian sausage. These will really create more flavor in the sauce.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

How Do You Thicken Spaghetti Sauce?

A watery spaghetti sauce is almost always caused by a lack of tomato paste.

Tomato paste will thicken the entire sauce without taking away from the tomato flavor.

In fact, it’s concentrated enough that it really gives that oomph of tomato you need.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

How to Make Spaghetti Sauce in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Spaghetti sauce is a great choice for your slow cooker. You can even start the meat in it but remember, it’s going to take longer to brown. Start on high heat and add the meat as well as veggies and herbs. Once browned, add your remaining ingredients and allow to simmer on the low setting all day, stirring occasionally.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

But that’s not all. This is also a spaghetti sauce you can freeze! Some ended up breaking down too much or becoming too acidic which we just were not at all fans of, but this sauce holds it’s own and dare we say gets better even in the freezer?

 

The best way to freeze spaghetti sauce is to let it cool completely and then seal it in a food saver bag. We aren’t getting paid to say this, but we truly do love our Food Saver. It’s been amazing to freeze even cooked meats and soups and have them taste perfectly fresh two months later when we reheat. We like to use the Rolls so we can cut the bag to whatever size we want, but the Premade Bags are great too.

 

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

 How to Get Spaghetti Sauce Out of Your Clothes

Ok, ok this one isn’t about cooking but you may as well know the answer because it happens 8/10 times that you make spaghetti sauce, right?

1. Turn the stained shirt over and flush with cold water.

2. Pretreat the stain with a blob or packed on laundry detergent, not stain remover.

3. Rinse well.

4. Gently sponge the stain with white vinegar.

5. Rinse well again.

6. Repeat steps again and again to get rid of as much of the stain as possible.

7. Pretreat the stain with a prewash stain remover.

8. Wash the garment after 30 minutes.

9. If the stain remains, rub with a liquid laundry detergent, and then soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes.

10. Wash again.

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

It’s taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it’s thanks to one secret ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Tomatoes or 6 Small
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 1/3 Cup Minced Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Cup Minced Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Pound Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped or 2 Tablespoons Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary, chopped or 1/2 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped or 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano, fresh or 1/2 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 28 ounce can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 30 ounces Tomato Sauce * see note (about 2 cans)
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt plus more to taste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 of a Rind from a Parmesan Cheese Wedge

Directions:

  1. Heat an oven to 400 degrees and drizzle a little oil on a cookie sheet.
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half and toss in the oil on the pan.
  3. Add the garlic, in it’s skins and toss in the oil.
  4. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the tomatoes are wilted.
  5. Press the garlic out of their papers, mince and set everything aside.
  6. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  7. Add the onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and garlic and stir with a wooden spoon until the onions begin to turn translucent.
  8. Add the Italian sausage and break it up a little.
  9. As the meat browns, occasionally go back to the pan every minute or so and continue to break up the meat.
  10. Add the herbs and stir again to combine, allowing to cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Add the tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
  12. Stir to combine and sprinkle with kosher salt evenly over the sauce.
  13. Add the bay leaf, balsamic vinegar and parmesan rind.
  14. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for 3 hours or all day.
  15. Before serving, remove the bay leaf.

We let the parmesan stay in until we’ve eaten all of the sauce, even with the leftovers in the fridge.

We love to roast tomatoes, puree them, strain out the seeds and freeze in ziploc bags, but canned will work just fine.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 278 Calories
  • Total Fat: 20.5g
  • Cholesterol: 44.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13.7g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Sugar: 8.4g
  • Protein: 11.6g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

It's taken years to create a delicious Favorite homemade spaghetti sauce we want to eat over and over again and it's thanks to one secret ingredient.

 

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Don’t have all day to simmer a sauce on the stove and prep fresh herbs? No problem, throw everything in a pot and heat and serve!

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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43 comments on “Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. I’ve always made my Mom’s recipe for spaghetti and recently have been trying other recipes for a change of pace. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe! Sounds delicious and I know the rosemary and the parmesan rind will make a wonderful addition! I do have a question: I’m curious about the balsamic vinegar. This is the first I’ve seen it as an ingredient in spaghetti sauce. Can you tell me how it influences the flavor of the sauce?

  2. Should I chop the tomato halves before adding them to the pan? 

  3. This looks delicious! I’ve never made homemade sauce before so this might be a dumb question, but do you remove the seeds from the tomatoes before you cook them? 

    • Hi Samantha! That’s not a dumb question at all! We don’t take them out because they don’t bother me being in there, but you definitely could remove them. Enjoy!!

  4. Oh my goodness! I made this spaghetti sauce recipe for dinner, and it was a hit. My youngest grandson, couldn’t stop licking his spoon! My husband said this was the best sauce he ever had.

    I followed the recipe exactly, my kitchen smelled wonderful. Your site is so well written and gives such clear directions and tons of necessary information.

    Thank you!

  5. Do you recommend simmering for 3+ hrs. with lid on or off?

  6. When you call for a can of san marzano tomatoes, are you referring to whole peeled tomatoes or crushed? I don’t see anywhere that states which. I also notice you have an asterisk by the tomato sauce saying to see notes, which I also dont see. I’d love to try this today but would love these answers. Thanks!

    • Hi Hunter! Sorry to get back to you late. We don’t work on Sundays, so I’m just getting to this! We like the crushed San Marzano tomatoes. They are much easier to work with in the sauce. The note for the tomatoes is down at the bottom below the instructions: “We love to roast tomatoes, puree them, strain out the seeds and freeze in ziploc bags, but canned will work just fine.”

  7. This sauce is amazing! Very tasty. We don’t eat pork so I used ground beef; also, my kids don’t like mushrooms so I left them out. It still came out great. I don’t think I can go back to spaghetti sauce in a jar! I took your advice from another recipe and bought myself a meat chopper, I’m very glad did, it made a significant difference in the texture of the sauce. 

  8. Hi Guys,
    This recipe sounds great but I live In Australia can you tell me what mild Italian sausage is and are the tomatoes just regular diced tinned tomatoes.  Another question is the tomato sauce is this like ketchup which is what we call tomato sauce.
    Thanks
    Julia

    • Hi Julia! Mild Italian sausage is ground pork sausage that you can buy packages like ground beef. Yes, the tomatoes are the canned diced tomatoes you buy that are buy the canned vegetables. The tomato sauce is also canned. It is basically just pureed tomatoes, no extra sugar added. Hope this helps!

  9. Best sauce I’ve ever made !!! All those ingredients that go into this take a bit of time…but it’s well worth it. I strained the sauce and used it for pizza as well. I got a lot of compliments on how wonderful the sauce tasted. This will be my Go To recipe from here on in. I give this a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 rating. Thanks

  10. Where was the “secret ingredient ” that was promised in the beginning? Hmmm

  11. You never ever ever put oregano in marinara.. oregano makes it pizza sauce

  12. No neck bones? For shame…

  13. Is it possible to can this sauce?

  14. Do you peel the fresh tomatoes after you roast them, before you use them in the sauce?

  15. There are no new or secret in this basic sauce. Same ones my mother and grandmother have used for more than 60 years 

  16. Your recipe ingredients call for minced bell pepper. However I did not see them in the directions. Am i missing it? What color if so?

  17. The sauce was so good! Because my husband and I are on a health kick, we put it on top of sweet potato noodles instead of regular pasta. I was so happy to be able to eat spaghetti again, and it was delicious! I will make this again many times over!

  18. What is the sodium content on this sauce?

  19. Homemade spaghetti sauce is like icing on cake, it makes everything that much better! This version looks finger-lickin’ good!

  20. My BF taught me how to make sauce from scratch & haven’t gone back to premade since.
    BTW, Amway has a great stain remover for grease, tomato stains.

  21. Do you think this recipe would work in the Instant Pot? I’ll definitely try the all day version but if it could be done faster and taste like it took all day, that would be awesome, too!

  22. This sounds very good. I have wanted a homemade spaghetti sauce for quite a while. I just have one question: What does the parmesan rind look like? At the grocery store I shop, the fresh parmesan is wrapped in plastic and it looks like an elongated triangle.
    Thank you again.