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Introduction to Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Looking for an easy and delicious homemade spaghetti sauce recipe? Search no further! In this article, we’ll explore a family dinner staple that can be whipped up using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This timeless recipe is sure to impress your loved ones and elevate your spaghetti game!

Homemade spaghetti sauce in a saucepan with a wooden spoon.

The Story Behind the Sauce

Allow me to share a heartfelt personal anecdote. This recipe dates back to my childhood days when I first ventured into the world of cooking. It brings back memories of my early culinary adventures, making this homemade spaghetti sauce all by myself. Under the watchful eye of my mother, I gradually gained confidence in the kitchen. And guess what? My older brothers loved my cooking, making it an even more significant achievement! This recipe holds a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to pass it on to you.

A white bowl full of spaghetti noodles with homemade spaghetti sauce on top and fresh grated parmesan cheese and basil.

The Art of Crafting Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Let’s dive into the process of making this delightful sauce. Begin by browning finely crumbled ground beef and onions. This step adds a rich flavor profile to your sauce. Some prefer larger chunks of meat, but feel free to pulse it in a food processor for a smoother consistency.

Side by side photos of a skillet with uncooked ground beef and onion, and then cooked and crumbled ground beef and onion.

Next, combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, a medley of seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and a touch of sugar. Bring the mixture to a simmer, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully. For a more pronounced depth of flavor, let it simmer longer.

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A saucepan with the ingredients to make homemade spaghetti sauce including tomato sauce, spices, ground beef, ground Italian sausage, and onion, next to another photo of the sauce mixed together and water being added to it before it simmers.

Versatility at Its Best

The homemade spaghetti sauce you’re about to create is incredibly versatile. Apart from the obvious choice of serving it over spaghetti, this sauce pairs perfectly with Spaghetti Pie, Million Dollar Spaghetti, Slow Cooker Lasagna, and Instant Pot Spaghetti. Let your culinary creativity run wild!

Decoding the Sauce Lexicon

Wondering about the nomenclature of various tomato-based sauces? Let’s clear the air. Spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, and pizza sauce share similarities but also possess distinct characteristics.

Marinara sauce, also known as pasta sauce, is a slow-simmered delight crafted from a harmonious blend of tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. In the United States, marinara sauce is often associated with a meatless, tomato-based concoction.

Spaghetti sauce, on the other hand, refers to any sauce utilized for embellishing spaghetti. Traditional spaghetti sauce typically exhibits an elaborate flavor palette, boasting additional spices, meat, vegetables, or cheese.

Pizza sauce, as the name implies, is typically uncooked and designed specifically for pizza. This simple sauce, composed of a few essential ingredients, adds flavor when baked in the oven.

Overhead photo of a saucepan filled with homemade spaghetti sauce.

Tips for Prepping and Preserving

If you’re pressed for time, fear not! This homemade spaghetti sauce can be made ahead of time. Conveniently store it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or freeze it for later use. For optimal freezing, ensure the sauce cools completely. Label a gallon freezer bag and lay it flat while freezing. This technique allows for easy storage and quick thawing. You can safely store the sauce for 4-6 months. To use, simply place the frozen sauce in a pot and reheat on the stove until warm.

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Side Dish Suggestions

To accompany your delightful spaghetti dish, consider some of my favorite side dishes:

  • Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks
  • Tomato Cucumber Salad
  • Classic Wedge Salad

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I originally shared this recipe in September 2015. Updated July 2018.

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