Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
This Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe is so simple, you are going to wonder why you’ve never tried to make your own at home before! Perfect for our Weekly Recipe Win!
Spaghetti is one of my kids’ favorite foods, and I probably make it at least once every other week, year-round. I use Ragu or Prego as much as anyone. But, when I have extra time, I like to make my own.
Last week, my husband’s great-uncle stopped by and gave us a flat of tomatoes from a local hydroponic greenhouse. Have you ever used a flat of tomatoes? What do you do with them? Me, I make spaghetti sauce! (I will probably also make salsa…but we’ll see).
I also always make a giant batch with my fresh garden tomatoes – but will have to wait a couple more months for that.
If you don’t happen to have an extra 12-15 tomatoes (which boils down to about the same as a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce), you can also use canned diced tomatoes!
Start by chopping up one large onion, and about 1/2 head of garlic.
Saute in olive oil until translucent, in a large pot.
Toss in some dried (or fresh if you have them) basil and oregano (or Italian Seasonings) and salt and pepper.
Then, add the tomatoes. I usually cut them into quarters and then halve those again, and leave the skin on to keep all those good vitamins.
Once you add the tomatoes, it all needs to boil down. For hours. 2-3 hours or more. Until the tomatoes are broken down and the liquid level has gone down by about 1/3.
The sauce will be acidic. My secret to cutting that? Butter. Add 2-4 tablespoons of butter. And a tablespoon of sugar. Trust me! This will make amazing sauce. You can also add a splash (up to 1/4 cup) of red wine if you like.
Add more spices. More oregano and basil/Italian Seasonings, and you can spice it up a bit with some crushed red pepper flakes or a little cayenne (or not – make the sauce what you want it to be). I do not measure the spices. Just add a good amount for flavor, taste it after awhile and add more if you think it needs it.
Now, there are several ways to blend up the tomato skins – you can transfer the sauce into a blender or food processor, but the easiest way to do this is to use an immersion blender. If you don’t have one, I recommend this one (no affiliate link, just in case you’re looking).
If you like a no-meat sauce, you’re just about done! If you want to add meat, now is the time! Brown some hamburger, Italian sausage or turkey sausage, add to the sauce, and let it all simmer down some more while you cook up some noodles!
If your sauce is thin, you can add a little tomato paste – I like the kind that comes in a squeezable tube, it is so much easier to only use what you need!
This Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce will be a winner, every time! Enjoy!
- 1 onion
- 5-6 garlic cloves
- 12-15 tomatoes
- dried basil
- dried oregano
- salt pepper
- 2-4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 lb hamburger
- Chop onions and garlic
- Saute onions, garlic and spices in olive oil in a large pot
- Cut up tomatoes (you don't have to dice, just quarter and then halve the pieces) and add to pot
- Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 2-3 hours or more, until tomatoes have broken down
- Add butter and wine, and use immersion blender to chop up the tomato skins
- Brown hamburger, drain and add to sauce
- Simmer all those flavors together while you make the noodles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 439mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 15g