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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe


Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This spaghetti sauce recipe was one of the first things I learned to cook. Although this spaghetti sauce needs to simmer on the stove for about an hour, it is really quite simple. You can leave it and do something else, while it's cooking.

Or make this homemade spaghetti sauce in advance, and use it for everything from spaghetti and meatballs to lasagna to baked ziti.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 2 28 oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano tomatoes are best)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.

  2. Add onion, garlic and peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Turn heat down if garlic starts to burn.

  3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and let sauce simmer about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Stir in fresh parsley. Break up tomatoes with a wooden spoon, and simmer another 10-15 minutes.
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