Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

 

quick and easy spaghetti sauce, our favorite actually. ohsweetbasil.com

 

I guess it’s finally time to post our spaghetti sauce recipe. Our Pizza Sauce has been one of our top recipes for like forever now and we think you’ll love our easy spaghetti sauce just as much. It has great flavor and it can easily be a vegetarian sauce or meat sauce. Either way our quick and easy spaghetti sauce is getting canned this summer for a whole year of easy recipes and I’m excited to let you in on our secrets.

 

quick and easy spaghetti sauce, our favorite actually. ohsweetbasil.com

 

The first thing is that we add very finely chopped peppers to our sauce versus just a tomato sauce. You can’t really tell they’re in there unless you chop them bigger, which we do sometimes just to give it variety, but they add a layer of flavor that is totally missed without them. Then, like our pizza sauce, we add a little brown sugar. It doesn’t make the sauce sweet because of the peppers and herbs, but it smooths it out in a way that you have to try to understand.

 

Can Spaghetti Sauce Be Frozen?

Tomato-based sauces tend to freeze the best and thaw with the best results, but meat-based sauces can also stand up to freezing.

Spaghetti sauce should be cooled and then put into a freezer-safe container or even a heavy duty freezer bag and then frozen.

Properly stored, spaghetti sauce will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.

 

How Long Will Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Keep in the Refrigerator?

Homemade pasta sauce will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

It should be stored in a container with a tight fitting lid.

 

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Yield: 2 quart jars of sauce

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter (optional or sub more olive oil if you're being healthier)
  • 1 lb ground beef (60% chuck, 40% brisket) **optional
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 dashes of red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil, *1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 2- 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 (15) ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter.
  2. As it begins to melt, add the meat and begin to cook until barely pink still.
  3. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the seasonings, stirring them in, then the tomato paste, sauce and diced tomatoes.
  5. Stir to combine and finally the parmesan, brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Allow to simmer for at least 10 minutes or you can cook it very low all day to allow the flavors to really combine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 367 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 12.8mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 38.6g Fiber: 7.7g Sugar: 19.7g Protein: 13.1g

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Carrian Cheney

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

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26 comments on “Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. This sounds alot like the spaghetti sauce I make, except I like mine more chunk (bigger vegie pieces). Also I add a lb of Italian sausage (ground or cut up links), sometimes spicy sometimes not.

  2. After much success making your pizza sauce recipe, I had to try this spaghetti sauce. I totally despise bell peppers. But in this sauce, although I can still taste them, the flavors all come together wonderfully and I just absolutely love it. My husband is very particular when it comes to spaghetti sauce. He has said for the past few years that my sister makes the best spaghetti sauce. But she uses store bought sauce and adds to it. When I made this, he has declared this his new favorite. I had enough left over sauce that I was able to freeze it for the next time we have spaghetti.

    • Beverly, I’m so glad you mentioned that. This is actually the recipe that started to sell me on peppers as I used to hate them too! Maybe you’ll start to like them more if they are caramelized. That was my next step. 🙂

  3. Brown sugar, ketchup, peppers, mangoes, especially mangoes and sometimes sausage are all excellent and delicious additions to spaghetti sauce. Great recipe for those who have never tried some of those lil extras that make it turn from a run of the mill sauce into the most delicious spaghetti of your life!

  4. Spaghetti sauce is being tried today.

  5. This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat Spaghetti.

  6. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of all this canned stuff that has Lord knows what in it?

  7. What board did you pin this recipe to? I am having a heck of a time trying to find it 🙁

  8. Hi. I was just wondering how this spaghetti sauce could possibly only take 10 minutes prep time. What am I missing here? I must be really slow but I know by glancing at the list of ingredients that I could never accomplish this in 10 minutes.

  9. I can’t wait to try this. All the homemade sauces I’ve made are always watery and this looks perfect!

  10. I loooove classic, perfect, base recipes like this pasta sauce!

  11. I LOVE how thick it is!!! YUM! How are you lady?! We need to do a Christmas cookie exchange again this year 🙂

  12. Could canned this or would it be better to freeze it?

  13. Your pizza sauce recipe is the only one I use since I found it, so I’m sure your spaghetti sauce recipe will be just as spectacular!!

  14. This sounds perfect!

  15. Yum! This looks great Carrian! Love the addition of red pepper and brown sugar to give it some depth. Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Thanks for sharing, Carrian! I’ve tried several homemade spaghetti sauce recipes and haven’t ever been satisfied. I love peppers in sauce and am intrigued by the brown sugar you added. Will try:)