How do YOU make spaghetti sauce?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve only made it once or twice, but I pretty much would do the same thing as you. One secret that I do know of is to add cocoa powder! It balances out the acidity really well!

Post # 4
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I saute the garlic, onions, peppers, and hamburger meat in the stock pot for a while, then add in the tomato paste and the canned tomatoes (I like to can my own because I think the store-bought canned tomatoes are too salty).  

Also – sometimes I add cinnamon and nutmeg… really well when you are making sauce in the winter!

Mmmmm….now I want to make sauce…..

EDIT – and I really want to try the cocoa powder!!

Post # 5
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: YUMMMM!!  I’ve been looking for a delicious homemade sauce recipie for awhile!  Definitely saving it… ๐Ÿ™‚

@red_rose: Very, very interesting!

Post # 6
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mince three garlic cloves and some pancetta.  Heat a little olive oil in sauce pan and add the garlic and pancetta and saute for a few minutes until the pancetta is crispy.

Cut some basil into strips and add to the pan for a few seconds.

Dump in a large can of whole peeled tomatoes.  Use a woden spoon to break the tomatoes into smaller pieces.  Season with S&P to taste. Put a lid on it for 20 minutes.

Serve over your pasta with some fresh romano or parmesean chease!

Post # 7
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

Open a jar of spagehetti sauce

Pour into a sauce pan



Post # 8
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

LOL …. this is mine, which is similar to @MrsFuzzyFace: ‘s

Open jar of Ragu, pour into pan

Sprinkle in some sugar

Heat frozen meatballs in microwave, then dump into pot of sauce until noodles are done

Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
278 posts
Helper bee

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I have a similiar spagetti sauce that I always use, but I don’t use so many tomato varieties ๐Ÿ™‚

My recipe has almost the same ingridients as yours except for the tomatoes and herbs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes I put in some carrots because it makes it sweeter, my kid loves it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I will definately try my spagetti out with the different tomatoes as your sauce.. never done that before more than using chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. Thanks for sharing!


*To add: I use mincemeat in my sauce :)*

Post # 10
4824 posts
Honey bee

I make many varieties, but this is my basic quick cooking, that actually is best at the shorter cooking time due to the ripe, fresh tomatoes.

8 large fresh and really ripe tomatoes

1/2 can tomato paste

1/2 large white onion, finely diced

5-8 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 bunch basil

salt and pepper

pinch sugar


Cut tomatoes in 1/2 and squeeze out tomatoes. Put them in a cuisinart or blender until mostly chopped

Meanwhile, sautee onion till translucent, add garlic sautee additional 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, pinch of sugar (depending on tomato) and pasted and simmer abotu 30 minutes or until about the right consistency

Add chopped fresh basil (if you add to early you lose the taste) and simmer additional 10 minutes



Additions: any kind of meat or meat ball can be simmered in it, 

I like 2 TB os balsamic added with the garlic and cooked till reduced by 1/2

Or you can add shredded zuchinni and extra onion to make a heartier veggie based sauce. (real thick)


Post # 12
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Here is a simple family recipe: 6 tablespoons olive oil 6 tablespoons butter 3-4 fresh garlic cloves chopped 1 Large can hunts tomato sauce 2 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning In large sauce pan/pot sauté olive oil,butter and garlic until light brown(do not burn garlic) Add: Hunts tomato sauce and dry Italian seasoning( crush in palm of hand and add) Add salt and pepper, if bitter add sugar to taste. Cook 30min-1 hour *if adding meat (sausage,meatballs,etc) add 1 cup of purée tomato and cook 1-2hours

Post # 13
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I follow the same recipe as you, but with a few tablespoons of brown sugar (to cut the acidity) and I also add a couple teaspoons of parsley. 

Post # 14
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

*GASP* I don’t see any wine in these recipes! Next time you’re making a sauce and drinking some wine, give the sauce a drink, it adds a lot of depth to the sauce :} yum-o!

Post # 15
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Sauce handed down from DS dad’s family (one of the only good things I got from them… lol)


2 lb ground beef or ground turkey (optional)

Toss in:

3 large cans tomato sauce

1 reg can of diced tomatos

1 sm jar of sliced mushrooms w/ juice (sometimes if I remember to get it)

2 cubes beef bullion (to cut tomato acidity)

1 jalapeno pepper w/ top cut off

1-2 cloves minced garlic

Salt/Pepper & italian seasoning

Simmer for 15 min to 4 hours, pour over some wheat pasta or spaghetti squash (for veggie option) and enjoy!

I used to put in onion but sometimes I don’t like waiting as long for them to get soft so I just don’t use them anymore… lol

Overall it usually only takes me about 30 minutes start to finish to make it for a quick lunch or if I’m home & doing a dinner I’ll start early so it can simmer.

Never had a complaint =)

bonsai_spork I’ve used a good red wine before, but since we don’t drink anymore it’s not something that we really have on hand. lol

Post # 16
43 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

My Grandma and Mother simmer two types of sausage, sirloin or veal and brasiole in the sauce for like 10 hours. I prob did not taste regular old marinara unti I was like 10 though I actually prefer it now

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