Deborah Lynn


May 22, 2020


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Homemade spaghetti sauce
how to make pasta sauce

Britt used to "kind of enjoy" spaghetti for supper ... until she started making her own homemade spaghetti sauce! Now she's here sharing all her secrets on how to make pasta sauce from scratch. This easy recipe will have you wondering why you ever bought store bought sauce to begin with! 

gathering pasta sauce ingredients
  • Ground Beef (optional - this can be a vegetarian spaghetti sauce as well)
  • 7 to 10 medium sized tomatoes.
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • fresh or dried herbs ... oregano and basil
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1.5 cups of red wine 
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • Other spaghetti seasoning you may want are: garlic salt, vegetable seasoning mix, Italian seasoning. 
  • Pasta of your choice. 
cutting fresh tomatoes how to make pasta sauce

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how to make pasta sauce

1. If you have a dutch oven or cast iron pot this sauce is made best in there! However, using an instant pot or crock pot will also work for this spaghetti sauce recipe.

2. If you would like meat then brown this in the pot. Add salt and pepper and a mixed seasoning if you would like.

browning beef

3. Dice tomatoes (size of dicing tomatoes is a personal preference) 

4. Chop the garlic.

chopping garlic

5. Add tomatoes, garlic, tomato soup, water, red wine, maple syrup, herbs, salt and pepper to the ground beef mixture. 

6. Now let it simmer for 1 to 6 hours! The best sauce are the ones that simmer longer.

how to make pasta sauce simmering

7. Boil your pasta. 

8. Serve Sauce over pasta and top with parmasean or asiago cheese. 

Finished plated spaghetti sauce recipe
Spaghetti sauce tips

Some tips for making your sauce even better! Britt's aunt taught her how to make pasta sauce, she told her it doesn't matter what kind of spaghetti sauce you make the key is to let it simmer!! Start your sauce in the morning and let it simmer all day. 

This next tip Britt actually got from the TV show Criminal Minds (if you haven't seen the show there is an Italian character that shows his cooking). The character on the show said when adding red wine to a sauce if it doesn't go in your wine glass then it doesn't go in the sauce!

how to make pasta sauce

Britt used to buy cooking red wine for making sauces but started using actual red wine after hearing that and the sauce does turn out so much better!

A tip for the pasta! After you have boiled the pasta do not rinse it! Rinsing the pasta washes off the gluten. The gluten on the pasta helps bind the sauce making for a more enjoyable meal!

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