Vera's Basic Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This sauce can be frozen or canned in a hot water bath. It makes around 2 quarts, and is a great basic sauce that leaves room to add your own favorites like mushrooms, sausage, or cheeses. I have found that dried spices work best in this sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Puree tomatoes in your food processor or blender 2-3 at a time and strain.
  2. Cook onion in oil until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  4. Lightly crush the basil and oregano in your palm and add to the onion and garlic.
  5. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for 2 hours.
  6. Cool and freeze or can at once.


Most Helpful

I made this yesterday and had it for dinner tonight. Like the previous reviewer, I used canned tomatoes and added about a tbsp of brown sugar. Delicious. DD loved it too and she's a hard sell.

Dreamer in Ontario September 24, 2007

Super yummy! We normally make spaghetti with meat sauce, so DH was skeptical of this. We both enjoyed it a great deal though. I made some small substitutions--canned plum tomatoes instead of fresh, since the fresh ones didn't look so hot (I used two 28 oz cans and pureed them in the food processor), and I used beef broth instead of the water/bouillon cube combo. I tasted the sauce once it was done, and liked it a lot, but then I added some brown sugar like you had suggested (maybe 2 tbsp?) and let it simmer another 10 minutes or so. Both ways were great, so it really just depends on what you like. I think next time I will add some mushrooms to this for a heartier sauce. After dinner for DH and I, we still have 10 cups of sauce left over! I'm so glad to have this yummy sauce in the freezer for a rainy day. Thanks for posting!

lucid501 September 18, 2007

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