Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I’ve got to be honest. When it comes to spaghetti, I cheat. I cheat every single time I make it. I throw the noodles in the water, brown some meat, and then add jarred spaghetti sauce. If I’m in the mood, I might even add a few spices, including a pinch of cayenne to give it some kick. It takes me only 15 minutes to make, tops. Quick and easy.

Homemade Spaghetti SauceThe problem with jarred sauce, though, is it doesn’t taste very satisfying. However, I’ve never been one to try making homemade sauce. Maybe it is because my dad did that a lot when growing up. He was always looking for the perfect sauce. When I was a kid, I was very picky. I couldn’t stand spaghetti. I hated it. Not as much as I hated lasagna, but pretty close. It wasn’t until I was in grad school that I learned to like spaghetti. A Jar of sauce and noodles. No meat and not homemade. Quick, CHEAP, and easy. 

Even now, my dad still searches for the perfect recipe. However, I still cheat. Well, until now. I’ve found an amazing sauce that tops any sauce my dad has made. Won’t he be jealous?

I’m not sure what prompted it, but I decided to pin a recipe on Pinterest for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. Heather Likes Food has always gotten it right so I trusted her recipe. As I made this sauce, I tweaked it a bit to suit my tastes and to make it my own. The only “problem” with the sauce is it does take time, over an hour, but it is so worth it! Trust me.

To begin, I sautéed 1 cup chopped onions in olive oil over medium high heat; just until they were translucent and starting to brown. I added 4 minced garlic cloves, stirred, and let it heat for another minute.

Homemade Spaghetti SauceThen, I browned 1 pound Italian sausage with the onion and garlic. 

Homemade Spaghetti SauceI added 1 small can tomato paste, 2 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons basil, and 1 teaspoon thyme to the meat. I stirred for one minute. Next, I added a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 cup beef broth, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I blended everything well then added 1 bay leaf and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. 

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Doesn’t it look beautiful?

After mixing everything together, I waited for the sauce to come to a boil. Once it did, I allowed the sauce to simmer for an hour.

Homemade Spaghetti SauceI served the sauce with spaghetti noodles and cheese bread. We all loved it, especially my girls. Now, I can’t imagine eating anything but this sauce. It made enough for us to freeze half of the sauce for another time.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
My oldest couldn’t get enough!
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 C. chopped onion
  3. 1 pound italian sausage
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  6. 1 tsp Kosher salt
  7. 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  8. 2 tsp dried oregano
  9. 2 tsp dried basil
  10. 1 tsp dried thyme
  11. 1 10 oz diced tomatoes
  12. 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  13. 1 C. beef broth
  14. 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  15. 1 bay leaf
  16. 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in olive oil over medium high heat, until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add Italian sausage and brown until no red remains.
  4. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and thyme. Cook 1 minute while stirring.
  5. Add canned tomatoes, beef broth, and brown sugar. Stir until combined.
  6. Add the bay leaf and balsamic vinegar. Stir.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low and simmer for 1 hour, up to 3-4.
  8. Serve with spaghetti noodles (or your favorite pasta)!
Adapted from Heather Likes Food
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About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.

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  1. My mouth is watering! I love spaghetti!!! My dad always made his own sauce, which means I made mine fresh, but then my husband introduced me to the jar-stuff; so I cheat on occasion 🙂
    We use Newman’s, I still end up doctoring it up.
    Thanks for sharing via MMBH
    XOXO
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