Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is a good staple to learn to make. Once you know the basic ingredients and preparation, you can make this sauce from memory.
Of course, I always alter the recipe each time I prepare it, depending on the ingredients I have on hand and how much time I have. The best flavors in spaghetti sauce are garlic and wine – in my humble opinion. Do not forget to serve over pasta with some delicious garlic-butter bread!
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- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans tomatoes, crushed or diced, undrained
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef (hamburger)*
- 1 pound mild Italian ground sausage
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, dried
- 1 1/2 teaspoons basil, dried
- 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary, dried
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, dried
- Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), freshly grated
In a blender, mix together the crushed or diced tomatoes until pureed; set aside.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, garlic, ground beef, and Italian sausage. Cook and stir until the meat is browned and the onions are softened. Remove from heat and drain the fat from the pan; discard the fat.
Stove Top Method:
Heat just to boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to your liking.
Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Method:
Preheat Slow Cooker. Add the cooked beef mixture to the slow cooker along with the tomato puree mixture, tomato paste, water, red wine, oregano, basil, rosemary, sugar, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together to combine and cover with slow cooker lid.
Cook on low heat approximately 8 to 10 hour or on high heat for approximately 4 to 5 hours.
When done to your liking, remove from heat and serve over a plate of cooked spaghetti pasta. Learn How To Cook Pasta Properly. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Makes 6 servings.
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