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It doesn’t get much better than spaghetti night. I get a little woozy and weak in the knees when contemplating a steamy plate of spaghetti. The noodles, the sauce, the meat, the cheese sprinkled on top… swoon.
And if you want to really send your spaghetti over the top? Make your own sauce.
Homemade sauce for spaghetti sounds so indulgent — I’m thinking the younger brother stirring the sauce all.day.long. in Good Fellas — and I mean, who’s got time for that?
Not me, not you. That’s why this is such a fast and easy homemade sauce. And it’s delicious. You just can’t find this in the store. Plus, I’ve got suggestions below of how you can customize it so you get exactly what you want. We like pretty much every version of this I’ve ever tried. You can’t go wrong here.
I make a big batch. I figure while you’re at it, go ahead and make a bunch (it freezes great) so you have some on hand for the next spaghetti night. Which I hope is soon.
Plus, this is great to use as a sauce for pizza or as a sub for marinara in any recipe.
Or maybe that’s only OK if you’re a baby. Not sure…
Homemade spaghetti sauce
A quick, easy and delicious homemade spaghetti sauce, plus variations to try!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes in tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon (or to taste) crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened (but not browned).
- Add garlic and saute for another 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Add crushed tomatoes and remaining ingredients.
- Stir well to combine. Lower heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15-45 minutes, or longer - whatever you need.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with spaghetti or use as a marinara for any of your favorite recipes.
The extras freeze great. Just let it cool then store in an freezer-safe bag or container for up to 4 months.
See below for some variations you can try to change up the flavor of this!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 128kcal Calories from fat 26|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 3g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||20%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
Try out these variations:
* Garlic lover? Add an extra clove of garlic and/or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to the sauce.
* Sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme with the other seasonings.
* Stir in some tomato paste for a deeper tomato flavor.
* Like it chunky? Use diced tomatoes instead of pureed (or do half and half).
* Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or some red wine for a little oomph.
* Add some fresh basil at the end to give it a really fresh taste.
Let me know what’s your favorite!