It only took about 45 min to put it together, and then I let it simmer for about 2 hours. Katie – I don’t have that one anymore. Hi Mel – I just have to tell you how much I love your spaghetti sauce recipe! It can simmer for 2-3 hours (very low heat) with good results, especially if you want a super thick, flavorful sauce. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. That’s the best! I have this simmering on my stovetop now. Thanks for what sounds like a awesome spaghetti sauce! I didn’t have any basil or bay leaves. Or should I just stick to freezing regardless? Cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until cooked through (160 degree F), turning meatballs occasionally to brown evenly. I’d given up finding a sauce that worked but I love your recipes so I gave one more try. It’s more of a marinara sauce, but it’s delicious. Since I didn’t have one around I used a medium sized carrot, just chopped it finely in a mini food processor. I finely diced all the onion, green pepper and mushrooms, rather than blending it up. Mel, I love your recipes, and am truly excited that I am going to give this one a try. Thank you so much, this is homerun recipe. I didn’t have all the ingredients and tweaked it a little bit to use what I had at home. Last year, I lost My precious husband ~~~ 31 Years of love, laughter and good food- he was a fantastic cook Another hit from your site, Mel. Hope this helps! Another keeper. will never buy sauce in a jar again. Thanks for sharing, Mel! Thanks! Didn’t quite like that taste. This second time around I added 1 lb sausage and 1 lb hamburger- so good! I want to have it for dinner all the time. This is it. Now more than before, because I now have a better understanding of the sacrifice it means for you, I appreciate your taking the time not only to share your wonderful recipes and accompanying photos (the photos draw us in! We LOVE this sauce. Delicious! Thank you Mel Cooked ahead for a Thanksgiving camping week It truly is the best ever. Do I leave the lid on or off during simmering? If you go ahead and brown some sausage or burger in the pan before you start adding the sauce ingredients it should still keep the flavor of having the meat. Sauce: the sauce may seem watery at first but will reduce to perfection after simmering for an hour. I am sitting here in my kitchen while the sauce is simmering. I always read the reviews and try to learn a bit from them. I was curious, how much fennel seeds you use for the recipe? The sauce was very good. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. They love the creamy version as well as the original. Love this! If you left them out how much would it affect the recipe? I used 3 cans of diced tomatoes, minced garlic (in the jar), 2 beef boullon cubes (didn’t have any broth in the can), brown sugar, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and my husband added a little bit of regular sugar. I hope you like the recipe! I made your sauce with a fee tweeks and loved the addition of the red pepper, balsamic and beef broth. I have tried so many recipes and then found this one and it’s all I use. Coming soon, I hope! definately lookin forward to it. I feel like I should add more spices but if it’s suppose to be this way and the flavors come out in the cooking time I will refrain. I’ve been cooking since I was six. I’d probably suggest 20-30 minutes high pressure. Christina – I like to puree it for the flavor it adds and I like that it is smooth without the extra texture. My picky eater wiped the plate clean! This little dish was a brave gesture to say the least, competing against contenders like pecan-smoked black angus brisket and sizzling street tacos with fresh green sauce! This truly is The BEST Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. It cooked on low for two hours and then set for another hour while I prepared the rest of the spaghetti pie. You have finally convinced me! Hi, it’s me again. I found it several years ago. None of this sauce made it to the freezer….my son even had it the next day COLD from the frig for his breakfast. I make it so much I have it memorized. I have a deep love for spaghetti… but I always use the sauce in a jar and just add stuff to it. I’ve been cooking for over 30yrs; 1 always-hungry husband and 3 now grown children and this is the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever made. Or at the very least, links to the recipes I’ve been testing out. Going to make it for Subday dinner! I love your recipes! Carla – thank you so much for your review on this recipe! I finally got my batch of spaghetti sauce canned this week, it went from a 2-night project to a 3-night project, whew. A very unique sauce, I loved the balsamic vinegar in it. Your sauce looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it on my pick fiancée and children! I did not do the vinegar or the beef broth. I’m new at canning. It’s a fantastic recipe to help people understand how simple and delicious a homemade sauce can be… A wonderful way to help understand what each step brings to the dish. Excellent. It turned out great. I really wasn’t thinking much when I started with a regular sized skillet. I’m looking in to making it without canned tomatoes/paste — any idea as to how many tomatoes would be needed for the amounts called for? simmer, the resulting sauce had a slightly bitter undertone, thus I added the brown sugar I had originally omitted in favor of the natural sweetness of carrot and extra red pepper. Making it today with no canned tomatoes – all fresh from the garden. This receipe is absolutely delicious!! So glad you loved this recipe and am glad you are able to freeze some for future meals. We are a family of four & I make this recipe, divide it in half and freeze half the sauce for another time. I will say that this is definitely better than my usual sauce so I plan to keep working with it until I love it! After years and years of searching I have finally found the spaghetti sauce recipe that is “the one”. Its magnifique! let it simmer all day and then add the tomoatoe paste to thcken to your liking. But I would suggest pressure cooking the entire recipe in the IP. I have tried a few of your recipes and I have loved every one of them! Tonight my family tried your recipe for “The Best Spaghetti Sauce” and this recipe is the one I have been searching for an entire 53 years. Since it’s just my husband and myself I freeze it. I almost forgot to add the balsamic, and am so glad I remembered, because it just put the flavor over the top. As a child nothing smelled better on a rainy evening than mom's spaghetti sauce!!! This sauce takes a while to cook down, as it needs to be thicker than the spaghetti sauce recipe I use. After eating leftovers the past couple days, there is more to say about this recipe. I made this tonight for a bunch of friends – it was a BIG hit w/ everyone. Wow is all I can say. My favorite way to thaw/cook the sauce is to throw the heaping frozen mass of sauce in the slow cooker and cook it on low for about 5-6 hours. I just really love to can those two things because I’m lazy and hate that extra step when I’m cooking! While I was checking on different recipes, I came across your sauce recipe. My neighbors have seven – yes – seven great kids- I cook and deliver in my picnic basket! Unfortunately, now my husband will insist on having spaghetti at home rather than going out to an Italian restaurant. I would then thaw it in the fridge, simmer for an hour and add the vinegar at the end as the recipe directs. I’ve made spaghetti sauce with “hidden” carrots and spinach in addition to the pepper and onions. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/158140/spaghetti-sauce-with-ground-beef So glad to see you’re shining a light on it again. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/241067/chunky-italian-spaghetti-sauce I used some that I had frozen (you’re right in saying this makes a lot!) I have a ton of ripe tomatoes from my garden. I chose your sauce to make tonight. This was delicious! Enjoy the rich taste of pumpkin in pies, cakes, soups, cupcakes, bar cookies, cheesecakes and more. For me I can never get enough mushrooms, and I add them at the very end or they would shrink to almost nothing. Thanks for taking the time to share. I make a simuliar sauce which works great on Sloppy Joes plus its fast and easy. This is just rude. Best spaghetti sauce EVER!! I made this weeks menu plan using your website. You have many fans! That looks scrumptious! It takes a bit of work but it is so worth it to be able to dump it out of the jar and heat it up and already have the hamburger in it. Mashing might be a good idea, too. Learn more! Was average. Thanks. Any idea how I got that and how to avoid it next time? , Yum!! It thaws and heats up wonderfully well. I didnt need all the seasoning because I used italing sausage!” But.. it was amazing! I made everything exactly to a T. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.! My question is this. My teenage daughter and I love to cook together. My grandkids knew the flavor was different from my regular sauce and did not like it. Yardley Crew – wow, thanks for the referrals! mild Italian sausage and it was great! Melanie G – I love the crockpot trick and took that same tip from an earlier commenter. Try adding a bit more salt – that can make a huge difference. I am newly obsessed with mine , I haven’t, Emily, but don’t see why you couldn’t! Thanks for another great recipe. If not, just cook them until they are really soft and tender. Thank You! I made this sauce tonight, and my kids LOVED it. I’ve canned this sauce 3 times now…I just make a triple batch and then can it following the Ball’s blue book of canning directions for their meat sauce. Much too sweet with the brown sugar, maybe I’ll add only a teaspoon next time. Try this with tomato juice instead of sauce. But my family requested meatballs this time. As the kids aged, and life got busier, we went to a jarred sauce. We paired it with your garlic breadsticks (husband’s favorite bread) and everyone is happy. Just made a batch of your salsa (SO GOOD), and still have tomatoes. Thanks for checking in! This was good, but definitely needed much more salt, at least for my taste. Also, can I use minced garlic in a jar? https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/best-spaghetti-and-meatballs I cooked some whole grain rotini and it was perfect! I halved the recipe so maybe there wasn’t enough in there? Question: If I missed it I’m sorry; how many cups does the sauce make? Thank you for a great recipe! I hv made this twice now. I made this its sooooo delicious . Very exciting. Ah, thank you! I didn’t deviate at all, resisting my urges to tweak it, and I was rewarded with possibly the very best spaghetti I’ve ever had! I’ve never made spaghetti sauce with balsamic vinegar. This was really good. Originally posted October 21, 2009; updated with new pictures, commentary and recipe notes. Wondering it Well, I thought ahead yesterday and wanted to take dinner to someone so I decided to give this one a go. I added mushrooms as well. If anyone knows, please let me know. to make Argentine Canelonis, which is basically a baked savory crepe. Just remove the scrambled burger/sausage and freeze it for another time or give it to someone in the family to use. It almost ruined the taste., but I added 2 T. Of white sugar to get rid of the bad taste. I can’t wait until tomorrow to eat some more-spaghetti sauce, like greens, is a dish that definitely improves in flavor after being on the refrigerator overnight. I add 1/2 hamb and 1/2 ground Italian sausage, I use garden fresh tomatoes when I can, when I can’t I use whole San Marzano tomatoes from Cento and crush them up with my hands, I double the garlic (my husbands Italian so we LOVE garlic) and add raw Italian sausage links. I keep tasting it because it is so yummy. (That, and I felt silly for having taken up a moment of your time with my trivial question.) Like many of the others, I too have been searching for that perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. I am gonna use this as the base for baked spaghetti. Julie – I’m glad you liked this! I already had the meat cooked so just threw all in the sauce and simmered for 4 hours. I know it imparts great flavor but since I never drink it, I don’t really know what I’m missing. The sauce is GREAT!! It’s a really easy recipe. Very yummmmmy!! I’ve never officially canned this sauce to put on my shelves but I would love to do that! Thank you! Absolute hit with the family! Hi Jenny – yes, you could definitely leave the meat out of this for a vegetarian option. The flavors will definitely mellow over time so it might be fine refrigerated for a day…but you could also try adding a bit more tomato sauce and brown sugar to see if that helps. I am really enjoying your posts and recipes. I forgot to mention. Thanks for posting! The flavor is a bit different than this homemade spaghetti sauce (in order for the sauce to be safe for canning), but it’s super tasty. I also have to admit I was a bit scared of the balsamic vinegar, worried that I would ruin the whole lot after it was done! I just discovered your site and haven’t made sauce in so long I needed a recipe. I made this for the first time tonight and I couldn’t be more pleased. Worked beautifully. Thank you for such a yummy addition to our recipes . I’ve come again and again to your site but only recently took a moment to thoroughly read your About page (I thought I previously had, but no); when I discovered all the little ones you have running around your apron strings, my already good opinion of you grew! I absolutely LOVE your site! I think this recipe is amazing! Not that I haven’t made some interesting things simply to use up leftover paste, but still. Just made this followed recipe all the way. It definitely is the best Spaghetti Sauce in the world. Tried-and-true, this spaghetti sauce recipe really is the best. Is that posted somewhere? Add 1 cup of the chopped onions, and sauté until translucent and slightly browned, 3-4 minutes. I just broke down the chunks as it simmered. Sorry , I hate to write anything bad but we just didn’t like it. Weird, but magnificently good! I love the addition of the red pepper/onion puree and the touch of balsamic vinegar at the end! My crockpot wasn’t quite big enough, so I ended up cooking part of it on the stove. It makes a TON!! thanks, This is my second time making your sauce and my house smells awesome. Made it for dinner last night, left out the mushrooms and pepper as I didn’t have one but added a can of purée red kidney beans and a bunch of spinach! For as much as I love to make new variations of recipes (seriously, I can’t be stopped with things like chocolate chip cookies and lasagna and brownies), I have not branched out and tried new spaghetti sauce recipes for nearly seven years. Thanks for the great recipes! You might try subbing crushed tomatoes for the diced and see how that works. I checked it about every 2 hours, afraid it would cook down too fast, but no! OMG thank you for sharing. I am canning them and doing pasta and pizza sauces. I just smiled and said “enjoy!” Thank you sweet Mel! I don’t eat sugar, so I substituted raw honey, and believe it or not, fresh black berries from my garden. I made this in the slow cooker and it just barely fit in my large oval one. Its Summertime and everyone is grilling hot dogs and what makes a hot dog better??? Any chance you have made this in your Instant Pot?? Then…. This sauce was good. I added the balsamic vinegar. Can I have it again? You get an A+ for this recipe! my Family thinks I rock! Thanks. I have to follow recipes very closely due to my lack of cooking skills so I have a couple of questions. I have been making your marinara sauce and using that. Dive in to check out our top picks for a fabulous Midwest getaway. This pizza sauce recipe came home with a blue ribbon! Thank you so much for sharing! Tell your 9-year old he/she is the smartest kid ever! Thanks for the details on canning the sauce, Robert! I really enjoy your blog! I think it was better the 2nd time around. Thanks for being patient! And I’m sorry you had to dirty so many skillets and pots to make this! I never remember to add the balsamic vinegar at the end, but either way it’s awesome. I substituted fresh tomatoes and this sauce was really good! Have made spaghetti and lasagna with it. Just wondering how that might affect this particular recipe… thanks! I froze half and will bring it out when my family comes! However, we both thought the taste was richer after I added the vinegar. Thanks for letting me know! Follow @melskitchencafe on Instagram and show me the recipes you are making from my blog using the hashtag #melskitchencafe. My go-to meat sauce from now on! I usually add cream sherry to my sauce it gives it some sweetness along with a hint of wine flavor. Delicious! Kind of glad they don’t like it because there was enough left to put a container in the fridge and 2 in the freezer for us to eat later. Love your website and recipes. My entire family loved it, even without the onions and garlic. I also used lower sodium beef stock, so not sure if that affects the taste. Use this sweet Blue Ribbon Barbecue Sauce to make a Barbecued Pork Sandwich from Bruce and Eric Bromberg's "Blue Ribbon Cookbook." containers for future dinners. I followed the recipe exactly, except I quartered it because I only had a half pound of mild Italian sausage & no ground beef. I stumbled upon your site last night. I modified it a little (no meat) and skipped the balsamic vinegar (didn’t have any at home; i’ll try it next time). The work to put it together is definitely worth it! We also love this sauce! I haven’t used it in years and have been using this one instead. Again, thank you. Anna – I think chicken broth should work ok although the sauce might have a slightly less deep flavor profile since beef stock/broth has a bit deeper flavor. I’m thinking lasagna is in my near future! This was delicious – my picky kids devoured it! Best sauce EVER ! Everyone who eats it raves about it and wants the recipe. Beef stock has a bit more concentrated flavor but it won’t make a huge difference in this recipe. Only change is I add a green bell pepper in addition to the red, and a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. So, thanks! Yum Yum Bowls with Knockoff Cafe Yumm Sauce, Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili, Simple green salad (or something more fancy like this. Midwest Living is part of the Meredith Home Group. I share with my mother and sister. I love your site and knowing that I can always find awesome, no fail recipes! Wanted to say hi while I had this window open. I have tried a ton of recipes, and I can sleep tonight knowing I finally have a winner. I made this for the first time almost to a t, omitting just the vinegar and sugar and it was amazing. I have made this sauce multiple times yet every time I think it’s better than before. Another hit! I’m so pleased to have found this recipie. My 9 yr. old said it was the best spaghetti sauce ever! I’ve tried a couple homemade sauce recipes and nothing has really stood out, so I’m hoping this will be the one!! Came home from work planned on making spaghetti looked in the cupboard and no jars of sauce. Last year, I made LOTS with my tomatoes, and froze it in 2-3 cup containers, minus the vinegar. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks, I’ll let you know how it goes! This is a bolognaise and you won’t be sorry because it has a much better texture then browning the meat first and then building the sauce around it. This looks delicious! Mel, I’m excited to try this recipe. https://www.melskitchencafe.com/homemade-spaghetti-marinara-sauce-for-canning-or-freezing/, http://dealstomeals.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-post_09.html, 2 pounds lean ground beef or lean ground turkey, 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cored and coarsely chopped, 2 cans (14-ounces each) Italian-style diced tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes, 8 ounces button or baby bella mushrooms, chopped. Sorry! I discovered this recipe just a few months ago, and it is AMAZING! If you are sure you want to make this spaghetti sauce recipe, I wouldn’t alter any ingredients except to take out the meat. So, now I find myself cooking up a storm- many dishes are your wonderful recipes! This recipe is what spaghetti dreams are made of!! . Thank you so much for a new family favorite. In fact, I usually have to add a little olive oil to ground Turkey. Wondered if this sauce would suit lasagna? They loved it so much, they accused me of just buying a jar of spaghetti sauce. I use this sauce in my lasagne all the time now! Jessica – you’ll have to give me your details on how you can this. Thanks!! I would love to try this today, but I don’t have a food processor or any sort of blender. Thanks for posting….. Jen – I use a large stockpot, probably a 6-quart pot. I used 1 lb. I omitted the Bell Peppers, used jar mushrooms last 5 minutes prior to simmer (we love & use fresh mushrooms most of them he time, but I was worried about the sauce being to thin according to other reviewers), and used a Red Vinegar Balsamic “Glaze”! Too sweet and rich after the balsamic vinegar. Personally I would not leave the balsamic vinegar out. I make a double batch and freeze for quick dinners on a … Good luck! So excited. It was so delish I can’t wait for leftovers! Thanks! 3. I would like to know if you can can this sauce which has meat. I don’t normally comment… But I have to say, since discovering this recipe and your site about a month ago- I’ve made this sauce at least 5 times now. A lot of times I’ll freeze this sauce and then throw the frozen portion in the fridge overnight. Would love to know if you have. It saved it. I ended up just cooking it on the stove in my stockpot and it was great. Best ‘from scratch’ I’ve ever made! I decided to find something different than my own because I couldn’t remember exactly how I made it. This is so wonderful that I’ve given up my previous recipe that I had used for 25+ years. Add Ingredients to … Thank you for sharing this! What kind of onions do you use? Hmm… I made this yesterday and thought it was good but I feel like I need to tweak it to suit our individual tastes…Hubby thought it had a lil’ too much oregano. This is a great recipe for young kids that don't like spicy foods. This sauce was amazing. Thank you for sharing. When my daughters come home for a visit, they always ask for my spaghetti dinner. We ate it with spaghetti for dinner, and we ALL loved it, including my 4 year old son. I enjoy searching for new recipes, especially spaghetti. Anonymous – thank you for letting me know you liked this! I gave plenty away but still had alot. I made it in the IP on saute and then simmered using the slow cook setting. AMAZING! I omitted the mushrooms as I did not have any on hand and halved the recipe. Blue Ribbon Recipes ~ Country Chili Sauce This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cooking from Quilt Country by Marcia Adams. Really, really great. Letting it cook low and slow just made the flavor all the better! SO good! Omg! Over the years I lost my desire to have spaghetti. Mel, you’re an angel. In addition, I’ve also included a slow cooker variation to the notes of the recipe, because many a Sunday, the aroma of rich, flavorful homemade spaghetti sauce is exactly what we want to come home to. I cooked this recipe today exactly as written, and I am afraid we didn’t like it. It will be the just right for recipes that call for a 28 oz. By far the BEST spaghetti sauce recipe out there! Reduce heat. I would really like to can it. I also put it all in the crockpot after browning the beef and vegetable mixture for about 4 hours on low. . Add the can of tomato sauce, and tablespoon of the garlic and Italian seasoning. I only did 1 1/2 tblsp of vinegar because I was nervous, but next time I would use all of it for sure and I might try with italian sausage instead of beef. Labels: italian sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, recipes, red sauce, sauce, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce. The second batch is simmering now. Geoff – I always add the balsamic to the whole batch and then freeze. It tasted great before I added the Balsamic Vinegar. Has anyone tried this minus the meat? I love it so much. Thank you for taking the time to perfect not only this recipe, but to also make it can-able! I can’t wait to try this recipe. AMAZING. I have been making this pasta sauce for years and I refuse to change a thing— I swear it tastes better after it’s been frozen for a while. I made this last night and love it. You just prep about 20 tomatoes, add this sauce packet and a little sugar and simmer for 25 mins or so and then bottle them up! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. We had it over spaghetti squash and hubby and I had two helpings each. I pureed all of the onions as you suggested and the mushrooms as well – that way the kids will never know what’s hidden in there! MeganM – not a stupid question! I also drained the fat before I added the flour. refrigerator biscuits (I use Grand's butter tasting) 1 pkg. Thank you. Here’s to a more successful sauce next time, thanks to you. I’m so glad this homemade sauce fit the bill for what you were looking for! Sorry if this is a silly question, but could I use chicken broth instead? I think that may be the next french bread recipe I try, too! Thank you for the great recipe! You are kind. Wow. I trust you and your recipes so much that I know it was an error on my part. It is delicious! I will make up batches of this yummy sauce and freeze for the future. We actually made a sauce similar to this but added diced zucchini, more bell peppers, and on occasion squash. I used ground pork instead of beef and I used a green pepper instead of a red and I used regular vinegar instead of balsamic. I’m glad this spaghetti sauce was a hit! You might try omitting or decreasing the balsamic vinegar to see how that goes next time. Hi Mel. My family is so much happier around the dinner table thanks to this blog. First year gardening on our farm and I had two five gallon buckets of fresh roma tomatoes, fresh onions, garlic and basil. Then I let the kids choose what sauce they want. I just finished making this, and unfortunately, I didn’t have any diced tomatoes on hand. I tried a highly rated sauce many years ago from another website and it was so lackluster that I just continued with storebought jars for more flavor and less work. Others may have reported back in the comments about how they’ve done it. Tonight my family tried your I just have one more word for this recipe: YUMMINESS!!! I’m sure you’re quite familiar with rushed recipes! While I’m not a vegetarian, I can’t stand minced meat of any kind in my sauce (it’s the texture). You might even try leaving that out completely if that balsamic flavor profile doesn’t work for you. My family just loves this recipe too. Thank you so much for this recipe and all you do. Just wondering if I can speed up the ‘simmered for hours’ taste! It also freezes beautifully. I haven’t made homemade sauce in over 20 years and I’m here to tell you that this is by far the best sauce I’ve ever tasted or made. Give it a try and I’m sure you will not be sorry! It was very delicious. That’s usually what I use. Hi! And the brown sugar is lightly packed. Hands down the BEST spaghetti sauce I’ve ever made! I make dinner & they complain about eating it). Everyone loved it! Our favorite Midwest resort destinations range from cozy lakeside lodges to indoor water park behemoths. Ooh! But tonight I made this awesome sauce (puréed it for the kids) and served over low carb penne. Love, love, love this recipe. 30 minutes to prep but its better if you simmer it for hours allowing the fla ors to marry. The sauce is my hands down go-to recipe (we now eat it with green lentils instead of ground beef) and are always so stoked with the way it turns out. Yes, you can use fresh garden tomatoes, but I would recommend peeling them first. It truly is the best recipe. I’ve always loved my own spaghetti sauce but love to experiment also. Awesome sauce!!! Would I be able to make this and can it in a pressure canner and store it for awhile? Oh my goodness. Cipi. (Note: I tried to make it in my crock pot and it was WAY too much sauce to fit in there and it’s a pretty standard size. She never does me wrong. Add meatballs. I recenly found you blog, and tried 3 of your recipes… all FABULOUS. Since finding this recipe, it’s the only one I use. I’m sure it’s good this way too but since I started making my sauce this way I would never go back to the other method. Give your home holiday style in a flash with these simple yet creative decorating projects. Thank you so much. My whole family and my best friend LOVED it !!!!! About your question, I actually didn’t add wine during any of the variations mostly because I am not an alcohol drinker and usually don’t use it in my cooking, either. I’m passing this recipie along to everyone. Yep, here you go! Will do. You’ve got it down! I don’t like cooking ground beef in the slow cooker, so I throw everything in the slow cooker except for the ground beef and balsamic vinegar. Your site is a go-to for anything I’m looking for! My grandkids keep running into the kitchen asking when will dinner be ready? Hey Mel- I know you like to do some canning and I also know you have pizza a lot. This was just wonderful and easy to make!! My whole family really liked it. I am hoping to make this today but hoping to use my garden tomatoes! I’m a grandmother with 13 grandchildren now and still love to cook for others. Made this recipe today and it’s fantastic! Hi Mel, I have been making this awhile and this past week made an especially good batch of it- not sure what made the difference – maybe I sometimes forget the balsamic vinegar and I remembered it this time. Processing the veggies sounds like such a great idea for sauce. It was absolutely delicious!! Sometimes adding a bit of liquid (like some of the diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes) to the blender can help it all combine a bit better. Blue Ribbon Award Winning Chili is a chili cook-off winning recipe! My company loved it. My husband, who doesn’t eat spaghetti, tried the sauce this am and loves it. I only had 1/2 lb of hamburger on hand so that was all I used and I really liked it not too meaty. Do you have any suggestions as to how I should add the pepper and extra onion? I’m really glad that your husband liked this so well! Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and thyme, and cook for 1 minute, stirring until combined. It has already been added to my recipe box!! This homemade meatless pasta sauce is a family recipe and it's so easy to make! I’m thrilled you liked this spaghetti sauce recipe. I’ve started making it in triple or more batches and canning it for food storage and it works out really well! My Italian husband, who is quite particular about his Italian food, says this is THE BEST! My question: Do you suspect this bitterness was a product of bringing the balsamic to the party prematurely? Serves 12 - 16. Slow Cooker: I’ve also had good success making this in the slow cooker; I brown the meat ahead of time and throw everything (minus the olive oil and balsamic vinegar) in the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-6 or low for 7-9 hours. Thanks Mel, this one’s definitely a winner! I can’t stand it when people do that, it’s so dumb!!!! I saw that this recipe got a ton of happy reviews so I had to try it for myself. The flavor definitely deepened after I added it. It's free! Wonderful recipe. I’ve made it numerous times. My soup is under pressure for 90 minutes and I have never had a problem. I will definitely be making this again and again. I’ve been looking for the best recipe for spag sauce and this is it. I can’t wait to try this…without the meat…sounds yummy! Or do you slow cook without the lid? We don’t use so much garlic and we don’t use vinegrar. I’ve only made this recipe like a million times. I use a 12-ounce can of tomato paste (or you can use two 6-ounce cans). This is a keeper recipe for sure! I want to try it soon. Barbi – thanks for letting me know you like this spaghetti sauce! Thank you so much for including your tips. I made this tonight, and no one in my family like it! The family is obsessed! Delish.I opened my patio door to let dogs out and my nbrs called to see what I was cooking. Made the 1 hour bread sticks to go with the sauce. It smells fantastic. I browned my meat and added some tony chachere’s. Thanks, Patty – I’m so glad you like this recipe! Love love loved it!!! The first time, I made it exactly as the recipe reads. But she finally broke down and ate some (so she could have your lemon yogurt bread for dessert) and I even saw her taking bites of the spaghetti during dessert. Thank you for a winner of a recipe … I am making more tomorrow! I also made your ham recipe in the crockpot for Christmas and it turned out wonderfully. Can’t wait to try your new version. Have made this several times. Also do you have any suggestions on how I could fix it? It will probably be fine – you can toss them in at any point of simmering for future reference. Thank you soooooo much for something so special that everyone loves it! ), that’s one of the things I love about it, because I can make it once and stick half (if not a little more) in the freezer for a super easy dinner later. I TRIED every restaurant, HAVE NOT FOUND GOOD SAUCE yet. Hi Stephanie, I always stir in the balsamic even if I’m planning on freezing the spaghetti sauce or using it later. We are in the middle of the biggest heat waves in years and can not wait to get in the kitchen and start cooking! Thanks so much for sharing. I know how those rushed recipes go! I also used Italian sausage. The only thing is that a few times that I’ve put ground beef/turkey in the Instant Pot, it definitely changes the texture after pressure cooking (different than when it’s simmered on the stove; not sure why). I made this spaghetti sauce last night–TO DIE FOR!! They each differ quite widely by brand. No comments: Going forward, we are not mushroom lovers so left them out and the sauce was still fantastic. Made this for dinner tonight. I’ve used an immersion blender after they’ve simmered in the sauce. I got six cups sauce from my batch. Thanks for bringing that up! Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour. Hi Sara – I bet your authentic recipe is delicious! Thank you sharing. I can soup with meat and it is delicious, so I am sure you could do the sauce too. I’m on a search to find a GOOD Chicken Alfredo Pizza recipe! Any guidance would be much appreciated! Serve over hot cooked spaghetti. I have toms from my garden that I would like to use. Thanks and I am so glad to have found your blog. I love everything on your site, and it all turns out delicious!! A big hit with my family! For those curious, this made about 12 – 13 cups. I have never made homemade spaghetti sauce before.. always thought it would be too hard. Hopefully I’ll have it posted by next week! Thank you, there hasn’t been a recipe of yours that we haven’t loved. Best sauce I have ever tasted. This is my go-to site for all things FOOD. I like my sauce smooth. The recipe may have turned South adding 2 TBS. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. i’m always looking for tips on skettie sauce, next time i make it, i’m trying this! Just wondering if it can be used in other recipes on the sight. Please, please, please! I have two small boys and they gobbled it up. Everybody’s tastes are different, that’s what makes the world go ’round , Hi Mel! I’m not sure how I feel about puréed meat but if you are ok with it or are going to make it meatless, it should work fine. Love this recipe! I leave out the meat (because I have some young children who would be vegetarian if I let them), use a #10 can of crushed tomatoes from Costco, and leave everything the same except I increase the spices by a third and throw in an extra bell pepper (my favorite veggie). Thanks! Best spaghetti I’ve made! I’ve even turned half the batch into chili by omitting the balsamic and adding beans and additional spices. I came across your blog and love it! Add beef and mix well. I filled up 2 quart mason jars and 2 pint-and-a-half jars. I just made the sauce. Finally a recipe that calls for tomato paste and actually uses the entire can. Photo credit: Quentin Bacon I made the sauce this morning, sample bites taste divine…awaiting a spaghetti dinner this evening . My fiancée and I have been debating for a while now to make a homemade sauce instead of store bought. This recipe has been feeding my family since 2010. 1 pkg. I’ve actually been wanting to can this sauce, too, but have been kind of nervous to try it. This blue ribbon potato salad is already a winner—so the 5 star reviews write themselves!. The balsamic just adds a different layer of flavor (has a bit more depth than white vinegar). My search is over. Ooooohh-your sauce looks delicious!! I add pound of italian sausage in addition to the beef. Tiff, I don’t know…I’ve never canned this sauce. It turned out really well! Turned out fantastic. The best Spaghetti Sauce made from scratch with simple ingredients. The recipe looks delicious. For variety, I took half the sauce and added about 1/2 cup heavy cream and some parmesan cheese. of the last ingredient – the balsamic vinegar, and I also use a good brand from Costco. I would always sneak spoonfuls of sauce as it simmered on the stove. I had all the spices already, and it really is relatively cheap to make. I made this without the meat and it made exactly 12 cups for me. I followed the recipe almost exactly – I had ground pork, so did half ground beef, half pork. It is really yummy– so excited to freeze this for more delicious meals! This would be great in lasagna or even on top of a baked potato! Another win from Mel’s kitchen to mine. I made it again tonight and it’s always delish. I made this sauce a few weeks ago and it was a hit with my husband, whom, after 22 years of marriage as never liked my homemade spaghetti sauce! But I have finally found a keeper, I like the blending of the few veggies because I even snuck in some spinach and kids knew no better next time I think I will add some more hidden vegetables to that blend! Thanks for encouraging moms to try new things and be excited about it. My dad’s birthday is in a couple of days, so being the spaghetti lover that he is, he is going to get a batch of it. Might be the brand of balsamic vinegar or even canned tomatoes you are using. 16 oz ball fresh mozzarella cheese. That little kick of balsamic at the end just did it. I allowed it to simmer about 2 hours. Thank you! The sausage links come out so tender they just fall apart. I love the red pepper in it! When I finally got to the basalmic vinegar stage I was salivating in anticipation… I reached for my trusty old bottle and… It was gone! I’m so happy to have all of this homemade meat sauce to freeze!! seriously, you have SO MANY great recipes, and this is yet another one! My husband and I make a huge batch of sauce every couple months and freeze it for any night we don’t feel like cooking. Mel. It’s definitely going to be my next batch. My kids gobbled it–they even gobbled the spaghetti squash I served it on in the first place, which they’ve never eaten so well before. Amazing! Hi Mel! I’m a beginner (as in, I’ve never, ever canned), but I’m getting a canner. Hi! My family is super picky too – I just put the tomatoes in the blender. Although the jarred sauce was easy it lost something in the translation. I made this recipe and it was the BEST spaghetti sauce I had. Murphfam – glad you like the original spaghetti sauce. Made this today for my post-baby freezer stash and it’s lovely! Alicia – wow, your changes sound decadent and amazing! I just don’t know why I didn’t try this one first! Thank you thank you thank you! I love your recipes! Looking forward to enjoying it through the winter! I love kind people, you definitely are one judging by your comment. We also add way way way way more garlic (almost a whole bulb) because we are both complete garlic lovers! I have Never heard anyone else mention it, I thought I was just being lazy. Left out spicy ingredients. Soooo delish!!! pot for my three kiddos play date tomorrow and for our meals. This time I used some rosemary and maybe 1/8 of a tsp time. your own Pins on Pinterest Found this recipe just so happened to have all the ingredients and it was amazing thank you. That says a lot. Very versatile and forgiving! I was just recently cleaning out my recipe drawer and my printed version is no longer with us. I think next time I’ll reduce the amount of meat slightly and add more mushrooms, but otherwise it was just fantastic. I knew I needed something with a full, tangy flavor & finally decided on red plum sauce. What kind or brand of flour tortilla’s did/do you use with your honey lime enchilda’s? I halved this recipe and had enough for spaghetti and a lasagna. Drain excess grease. Enjoy with any kind of pasta or recipe that calls for spaghetti sauce. It was great. Savory Spaghetti Sauce Recipe: How to Make It | Taste of Home I have made this sauce twice in the last month and it is absolutely amazing! When I tried to blend the pepper and onion they just flung to the side and would not blend. This sauce was absolutely delicious. I only did a few changes because of what I had on hand. I’ve always loved cooking, but I love it even more now that I have access to all your amazing recipes. Any other substitute? Thank you for sharing. This has been my go-to spaghetti sauce recipe for years! Oh well, I just scraped them into the meat mixture even though it wasn’t a sauce haha. I made it exactly like the said and my family and friends just devoured it. It was wonderful. It looks amAAAzing! I do have a question. I’m guaranteed to have it for months to come. I like the vegetable ideas the other ladies have shared. Spaghetti is his favourite dinner.Simply an incredible sauce! Can I make meatballs instead, and why don’t you use meatballs. Hi Hannah…yes I think the bitterness was probably due to the balsamic coming in too soon. You can definitely leave them out – I usually make the sauce without these days. I could cry and dance, I am so happy!! I’m planning on making this in my crockpot. I have been trying out a few of your recipes, and they are soooo tasty! I can’t wait to make it again and freeze it for easy dinners . I ha w a feeling that it won’t be nearly as good. Mallory – do you have a food processor? The first time i omitted the red pepper and let it simmer in the slow cooker for 4 hrs. UPDATE: 9/12/16 after many years on my site, this recipe was in dire need of new photos and some updates. Is this how it should be at the beginning? You weren’t exaggerating about perfection. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. I have tried many sauce recipes and always looking for more. Hi Mel! Wanting to make a huge batch for future meals and I’m wondering if you can can this spaghetti sauce since it has mushrooms and meat in it? Tastes great. I was a little skeptic. I would love to have plenty canned of this delicious sauce! So good! Hope that helps a bit! Just curious , what does the balsamic Vin do to it ? I could go on and on about it. My whole spaghetti world has changed with this recipe!! and if not then any pointers on how you would cook it in the IP and without the meat? Hi Katie – if you are looking for a basic red sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, I’d use this marinara recipe. . And we have made some great memories in the kitchen from many of your recipes. HOLY SMOKE! It is soooo good!!! Also, you’ll want to taste test to make sure the salt level is ok since you won’t get the added salt from the canned tomatoes. I didnt want them to sit to long and rot, so I found this recipe and gave it a try. Then added one tablespoon, tasted again and loved the depth of flavour and added the second tablespoon. Cover; simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. One for lasagna in a couple of weeks, and maybe another for “cheaters lasagna” (frozen ravioli, cheese, and sauce layered together and baked) a couple of weeks after that! Because this homemade spaghetti sauce recipe is perfect. , Rushed during my trial run of this tantalizing meat sauce (and admittedly distracted by both a toddler, a husband leaving for work, and leftover red pepper slices I immediately decided should be breakfast), I accidentally added the balsamic right along with the rest of the ingredients. What a yummy sauce!! Jul 23, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Susan Wyant. but have a question: I have no idea what beef stock is (there, I said it) I bought beef broth, will that work? Feel free to send it along! We have done some of our own tweaking though. This served no purpose whatsoever except to be mean and criticize. It made a bunch so we’re having leftovers tonight and I plan to freeze the rest for a lasagna maybe at the end of the month. but wait, this chili took the $20,000 prize and blue ribbon at a chili cook-off! I added some red pepper flakes also. I’m sure he’s proud of you for cooking up a storm in his place! Sooo delicious. Since I canned tomatoes, I wanted to experiment with a new recipe. That is all I changed and it really does not need that, except we are from Texas and love heat. I’m used to using Hunts sauce and tweaking it a little bit. It is so tender and blends beautifully into the sauce. I have been making this sauce for a couple years now. Thank you for such an awesome recipe!! You mentioned here that you were working on a spaghetti sauce recipe for canning. Sorry, next time Zi will leave out the vinegar. Lol I have some on the stove now and the only thing I changed was the thyme. your own Pins on Pinterest I just need to learn how to can now so I can be stocked up without spending a lot of time on it. I have made this sauce with the meat, but my family loves meatless sauce + meatballs. It will have to wait for the weekend – I will let you know what the family says!Laurie. It’s now all sitting in the crockpot on high…. I was hoping to add a litttle sweetness that I might have gotten from the red pepper. I was wondering if you could provide nutritional information(recent type 2 diabetes diagnosis) about this fantastic sauce. I have always been curious about cooking meat into a sauce vs browning 1st. So I have been dying to make this recipie! This is definitely the best one we’ve made! Is that how you read it as well?). Not a big hit with 3 of the kids, but they prefer butter, garlic and parm. I love your site. Use the same time/pressure as you would for stuffed pepper soups etc. Create bountiful outdoor winter arrangements with a little help from Mother Nature. This was delicious. Much thanks and love from Ireland! It was still fabulous. Stir until combined before adding the bay leaves. A lot of wasted food, sometimes I can tweek a recipe but I don’t think I can in this case. I froze enough for two more meals and put enough in the fridge to use on a pizza tonight and also had some for leftovers for lunch. I have also tried your sweet and sour chicken – fantastic!!! I really appreciate your blog. Discover (and save!) Thanks again for the recipe! It’s a wonderful recipe, made it yesterday!! Bring to boiling. this was all of their first pasta experience for eating solids. And yes, it is a red bell pepper. Melanie!! Made it with browned sausage links and put in crock pot. Add the jar of Bertolli sauce, and stir. I do add fennel seeds. Thanks so much for letting me know. We like our sauce meaty! This is a delicious recipe! Give this rich tomato sauce plenty of time to simmer so the flavors develop. My husband prefers it that way. I will definitely be making this again! I followed the recipe, but used 1 can of whole tomatoes in place of 1 can crushed (it’s all I had). Hi Bailee, it was probably the vinegar. This tastes fabulous, but I just have one or two questions. Therefore, it also takes more tomatoes at the start. I am glad it makes a lot! It’s made me a little more creative in the kitchen and I wanted to say ‘Thanks!’… Do I just simmer it a little linger to evaporate the excess liquid? Before I put in the vinegar both my husband and I tasted it, and we both liked it. I love every recipe I have made from this site and appreciate you sharing your awesome talent. Halved recipe because my crock pot is small, still made a lot. Add the homemade meatballs for a true Italian meal. Tonight will be another spaghetti night. Yes, I seed and core and stem the pepper. I am going to assume off til I hear otherwise, I usually leave it off or partially covered. It really irks me too, because my sauce is really fantastic and everyone loves it, but when I add ground beef it just ruins it, and I love having beef in my sauce. I’m tempted to serve without the pasta and eat it by the bowlful….it’s that good!! It’s the same effect browning the beef for beef stew. Another “winner” as my 5 year old says. 2. Thank you! Looks like you’ve had plenty of comments about this sauce, but I’m gonna add my 2 cents. Then when it’s almost time to eat, I brown the beef with a few spices and add it to the sauce with the vinegar. Mash the potato in the sauce and add meatballs. I used half the sugar and blended the mushrooms (don’t like the texture) with the pepper and onion. I just looked it up again, as I have oodles of garden tomatoes to use. OMG,..I can’t imagine spaghetti or pizza without mushrooms. . Just perfect!!!!! My husband (Brian) would tell your husband he may never get sick of it! I’m about to make this delish recipe for the first time (super excited!) I just made this tonight. Would it work for this? I already had homemade meatballs in the freezer, so I didn’t use meat. This is an easy and delicious sauce. YUM. I just saw another reply where you mentioned it is great without meat. Wow is all I can say. Truly tasted like restaurant spaghetti, would recommend 100% to anyone…many thanks!!! The second time, I used 1 lp ground beef and 1 pound ground Italian sausage. Could I substitute a yellow bell pepper instead of red? Can I just say that this sauce saved pasta for me. If you ever see them (usually found at Cal-ranch stores or even grocery stores that are Associated Foods) you should try them and tell me what you think. Love that this is a staple for your family just like it is for ours! I moved up to a larger pot, then had to go up to an even bigger one by the end. I made this spaghetti sauce today for dinner tonight. AMAZING! It’s the best! The first time I did a meatless sauce, and this time I am adding the ground beef. in addition to the 1/2 sausage and 1/2 beef, I used green pepper instead of red and left out the balsamic. Truly the best there is! I made this sauce and let it simmer it was so delightful. I will just keep cooking the spaghetti recipe I like. I do prefer this as well. I tripled the recipe and froze over 50 cups of sauce in freezer bags. I made it to the letter the first time. So much better than jar sauces you buy at the grocery store! I was just thinking last night, “I wish I had a good spaghetti sauce recipe” when I bought the store stuff. I made this last night when we had some visitors over. My kids had stopped eating jarred pasta sauce but I missed spaghetti sauce. It is really up to you how long you reduce the sauce. My family LOVED this! Fall spices are the all-star of the spice rack right now. Thank you thank you thank you! ), Hi Mel!I always follow you with your recipes but this isn’t an Italian recipe, maybe it is your idea of an italian sauce but it isn’t an italian sauce. The recipe made a big 6 quart pot of sauce so after the sauce cooled I distributed it in 1 quart jars with seal and ring and froze the sauce. Yes, it’s delicious meatless, too (especially if you add meatballs in – when I’ve done that, I add cooked meatballs toward the end of the sauce cooking so they can absorb some of the flavors of the sauce). When I retired I decided to go back to homemade. It’s definitely a keeper! Today is my second time making this and I LOVE it. Instead of the red pepper, I used a combination of hot and sweet wax peppers, jalapeno peppers, and sweet bell peppers (gypsy)…(and doubled what the recipe calls for). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Yum. She use some chopped up pork ,,or chicken, and put it in the oven at 250 and lets it simmer uncovered all day….and as you know if you add heavy cream it becomes a wonderful white Bolognese , but this already is. This recipe wasn’t scary at all, we halved the recipe and have plenty of leftovers! Agree with DRR…unless you have something useful or constructive to say, which you didn’t, keep it to yourself. Required fields are marked *. Can you leave the meat out of it so you can use it for chicken (or veggie meals)? To reduce the sodium, omit the salt in the sauce and use reduced-sodium tomato products. And thanks for letting me know you’ve liked a few recipes so far. Have tried several recipes which were okay, but nothing like this. I am not sure whether I need to add the balsamic at the end.
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