Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Spaghetti is one of my go-to meals when hosting a crowd. A little goes a long way with this spaghetti sauce recipe. And when I serve it with Classic Italian Meatballs and Twisted Cheesy Garlic Bread, it's always a crowd favorite.
Homemade sauce may sound daunting and time consuming, but the process is quite simple. The simmering is the longest part, because the flavors come together best when the sauce simmers for at least two hours. For most of us, that's a lot of time so I've found it's a good idea to make in advance (such as the morning of or the evening before) to let all the flavors set throughout the day and to keep yourself stress free. And if you want to make it a few days prior, this sauce freezes well and reheats perfectly on the stove.
Brown onion in olive oil in large sauce pot over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste, sauce, and stewed tomatoes. Add seasonings and bring to simmer. Add water as necessary to reduce thickness.
Allow sauce to simmer for 2-3 hours. If adding meatballs, add in one hour before done simmering. Serve over spaghetti noodles or refrigerate/freeze to save for later.**
*Note: Stewed tomatoes usually come halved in the cans so I dice them before adding them to the sauce.
**Note: When reheating allow to heat on stove forty-five minutes before serving. Additional water may need to be added to reduce thickness.
Most of the time, I follow someone else's recipe when I cook. But sometimes I like to experiment with a recipe I create. When I do, I make sure to share my creations with you.