Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Italian food is a favorite for both hubby and I. A friend of mine shared her Italian grandmother’s  spaghetti sauce recipe with me many years ago. I love this sauce and have used it for spaghetti, pizza, eggplant parmesan and anything that calls for a red sauce! This makes a large batch which is perfect for freezing.

Sausage Marinara Sauce Recipe
Recipe type: Main
  • 16 oz. Italian Sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, pressed or chopped
  • (3) Cans Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
  • (2) Cans Tomato Sauce (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste (6 oz.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Parsley
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • Dash of Pepper
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large stockpot.
  2. Add Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink. Set sausage aside.
  3. Add onion, parsley, basil and Italian seasoning to pan that sausage was cooked in. Cook until onions are clear.
  4. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, sauce, paste and pepper. Heat until boiling. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. Add Parmesan cheese, sugar and pepper. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes. I add a lid that is slightly vented to prevent sauce popping all over my stove.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


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  • This recipe can easily be made without meat or with turkey sausage.
  • The great thing about marinara sauce is that it can be cooked for a short or long period. I have made this same recipe by using the slow cooker.
  • If you have leftovers, allow the sauce to cool completely. Place in freezer bags and freeze flat.

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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