Looking for the best ever homemade spaghetti sauce recipe? This amazing sauce goes great with your favorite pasta when you’re craving Italian food.
Hi everyone! I’m Ashlyn, and I blog over at Belle of the Kitchen. I’m so excited to be posting here today on Kenarry and am sharing one my family’s favorite recipes for homemade spaghetti sauce. Whenever I make this, the house smells amazing and everyone gobbles it up come dinner time.
Family Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe
This recipe comes from my mother-in-law, and it is one that I have kept and used ever since she first made it for us. I love that it is so easy to make, has a deliciously rich flavor, and uses real ingredients. It’s better than any jarred sauce you can find at the store, and there is always plenty left over to freeze for another meal or two in the future.
What are the best tomatoes to use in a homemade sauce?
Try to use good quality tomatoes if you have access to them. My favorite brand of tomatoes is Tuttorosso tomatoes, but I haven’t found them anywhere out here in Hawaii where we live. When we lived in Kansas, my mother-in-law used to ship them to me in care packages! Might have to ask her to do that again. 😉
Lately, though, I’ve been using either Muir Glen or Pomi tomatoes. I like the Pomi tomatoes because they come in a box rather than a can, which is nice if you’re looking to avoid BPA.
The best spices for homemade spaghetti sauce
This is the part where your personal taste will have the most power. How do you and your family like a spaghetti sauce to taste? Do you like it spicy? How about sweet?
WHAT you need:
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My recipe uses both sugar and spice for a sauce that make you eat each bite slowly, enjoying every level of flavor.
KITCHEN TOOLS NEEDED:
These are the spices I always use in my marinara sauces:
Do you have a favorite brand of tomatoes, or do you prefer to use fresh? I LOVE fresh tomatoes, but have to admit that I have never grown my own. My grandma and my parents have always grown tomatoes though, so maybe someday I can channel all that family-green-thumb energy and plant some. We shall see. 🙂
There is truly nothing better than homemade spaghetti sauce! Looking for other homemade recipes? Check out these 11 DIY Sauce and Condiment Recipes For When You Run Out. They are so much better than what you can buy at the store.
Best Ever Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 ½ pounds Ground Beef or Pork Sausage
- 1 Onion Large – Chopped
- 1 Green Pepper Large – Chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced
- 3 cans Diced Tomatoes 15 oz Cans
- 1 can Tomato Paste 6 oz Can
- 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Dried Basil
- ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 cups Water or Beef Broth
- In a dutch oven cook meat, onion, green pepper, and garlic till meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat.
- Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, salt, basil, thyme, and bay leaf.
- Stir in the water or beef broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 ½ to 2 hours or till sauce is of desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti.
Want a sweet ending to your yummy dinner? Check out my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Pie!
I would LOVE for y’all to come by and visit me at Belle of the Kitchen sometime! Drop in anytime, it would be a pleasure to have you.
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Originally published September 2014. Updated September 2018. Updated with nutritional information March 2020.