Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is as simple as it gets. This easy pasta sauce recipe is made in under an hour but tastes like it simmered all day long. Fast, easy and crowd pleasing, you need this recipe in your weekly rotation.
If there’s one thing I mastered early on, it was making my own Italian Spaghetti Sauce recipe at home. I use the term “Italian” loosely because I know there are a ton of nonnas rolling in their graves over this one.
But remember, I’m a Polish girl making Spaghetti Sauce over here and I only had a few hundred pizza joints to lead the way for me. This easy spaghetti sauce is inspired by one of my favorite local restaurants and it’s even better than their version.
Making your own sauce at home is so easy to do and you can even let it simmer longer than the recipe calls for….the flavor will just get better and better the longer it cooks. BUT if you’re in a hurry, I got you. This sauce is on the table in less than an hour so you can easily whip it up on a busy weeknight to get your pasta fix.
Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Spaghetti sauce is widely known as a basic Italian tomato sauce that’s kept relatively simple. You can jazz it up with a variety of spices and herbs just to give it a fresh spin for whatever pasta you’re topping.
Most Italian spaghetti sauce is made primarily with tomatoes, onions and olive oil….with little else. But it’s simmered low and slow for hours on a Sunday afternoon with lots of stirring and tasting and more stirring.
This easy Spaghetti Sauce is made in under an hour so I added a few more ingredients to slow simmered flavor without the long cook time.
If you want to set it and forget it, you can also make this recipe in your Slow Cooker so you’re free to go about your day with a pot of homemade pasta sauce waiting for you at dinnertime.
How To Make It
Simple is the name of the game here and I used a few pantry items to pull this Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from scratch together in a snap. The fish sauce sounds really weird but it’s the secret ingredient that gives your sauce the slow cooked flavor. If you don’t want to use fish sauce you can substitute with Worcestershire sauce. Or skip it altogether.
Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or stock pot over med-high heat.
Add the onions to the oil and cook until softened.
Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
Stir in the oregano and then add the wine.
Cook until reduced by half.
Add the sugar, fish sauce, tomato puree and crushed tomatoes.
Stir the sauce until well combined and then add the salt and pepper.
Simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.
Serve over pasta or meatballs or whatever you want, basically.
A lot of people would suggest that the sugar is something you shouldn’t add to the sauce but sugar helps tame the acidity from the tomatoes. If you like a more tomato-y sauce you can leave the sugar out entirely.
The Difference Between Marinara and Spaghetti Sauce
Generally, marinara sauce can be considered spaghetti sauce but marinara is a much thinner sauce because it’s cooked with minimal ingredients and for a very short bit of time.
Marinara sauce is a basic tomato sauce with a few seasonings thrown in and a few drizzles of olive oil.
Spaghetti Sauce can really be any type of sauce that you, then, put on your spaghetti. But, traditionally, Spaghetti Sauce can also have vegetables, meat or other flavorings added, like cheese, to amp up the flavor. Sometimes we stir in a bit of Basil Pesto to make it even better!
It’s also cooked for a much longer period of time….except in this quick recipe.
Tips for Making Ahead and Freezing
This sauce recipe is fantastic for making in advance and freezing for easy weeknight dinners.
Transfer cooled sauce to an airtight container and transfer to the refrigerator. You can store your sauce in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Before freezing spaghetti sauce, be sure to allow it to cool completely. You can store the sauce in a silicone freezer bag or freezer safe container. If you’re using a freezer bag, freeze it on a flat surface so that it freezes flat allowing you to store it easily.
Spaghetti Sauce can be frozen for up to 4-6 months. To reheat, place frozen sauce in a pot and reheat on the stove until warm, stirring frequently until thawed.
More Easy Pasta Sauce Recipes
If you like this easy spaghetti sauce, you’ll also love this super easy Italian Meat Sauce. This is my FAVORITE when I’m craving something hearty and savory. Or you can make this easy Fettuccine Alfredo…it’s on the table in just 10 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large vidalia onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 3/4 cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 28 ounce can tomato puree
- 1 28 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- sauce pan
- Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or stock pot over med-high heat.
- Add the onions to the oil and cook until softened.
- Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
- Stir in the oregano and then add the wine.
- Cook until reduced by half.
- Add the sugar, fish sauce, tomato puree and crushed tomatoes.
- Stir the sauce until well combined and then add the salt and pepper.
- Turn the heat to low and cover.
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes.