Savory Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

In the cold, dark days of winter, what’re you gonna eat?  Comfort food!  Like this “pasta” with Savory Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.  

Simmer homemade spaghetti sauce

Simmer homemade spaghetti sauce

Now I’ll admit it — writing about tomatoes in January does feel a little strange.  We haven’t cracked 20 in weeks in Wisconsin and here I am talking about a summer vegetable!  

But home gardeners may have a few jars in their pantry, put away when the weather was warm. And if not, cans of store-bought tomatoes are cheap and easy.  

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Homemade spaghetti sauce

I’ll fess up to having a few quarts of tomatoes in my basement  and I wish I had more 🙂 . But the tomatoes in this sauce actually came from my freezer — did you know that tomatoes freeze beautifully?

You simply wash them and freeze in a zip lock bag.  No peeling, no blanching, it’s the perfect solution when times are rushed! 

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Homemade spaghetti sauce

And there’s an added bonus when it’s time to use your frozen tomatoes — the skins slip right off.  Just thaw them in warm water for a minute first.   Easy peasy! 

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Have you heard that I am eating (almost) all local this year (more here)?  Well since I’m cooking from scratch, I try to be especially sure that the flavor and nutrition of my foods are the best possible.  So, today I revved up my homemade spaghetti sauce with a couple frozen bell peppers.  Mmm!  

Spaghetti squash alternative

Spaghetti squash alternative

Now I hate to bring up this one last common characteristic of winter eating.   That’s when you have to  take off a few holiday pounds, or live up to a healthy eating New Year’s Resolution.

To double down on both these goals, I cooked up some spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  Its stringy flesh is nutritious, low in calories and a perfect substitute.  But if you really need that comfort part, pasta is good too!  

Happy New Year!  

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Yields 6
In the cold, dark days of winter, what’re you gonna eat? Comfort food! Like this “pasta” with Savory Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
272 calories
21 g
47 g
14 g
17 g
4 g
332 g
719 g
6 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
332g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 47mg
16%
Sodium 719mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
176%
Calcium
10%
Iron
24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1-2 bell peppers, chopped (no need to peel)
  5. 2 quarts canned tomatoes (or 2 28-ounce jars, or about 4 lb fresh tomatoes, peeled)
  6. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  9. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. pinch of crushed red pepper (optional if you like a hint of spice)
  13. 1 lb ground beef or other meat (optional)
  14. For serving: cooked pasta or spaghetti squash
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven. Sautee chopped onion until tender. Add minced garlic and chopped peppers then cook for another minute or two.
  2. Add tomatoes and seasoning to the pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer, covered, for about two hours.
  3. If using ground beef or other meat, sautee breaking it apart, and add to the dutch oven. Boil uncovered for about another hour, stirring occassionally, until thickened. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  4. Serve over cooked pasta or spaghetti squash.
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calories
272
fat
14g
protein
17g
carbs
21g
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6 thoughts on “Savory Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  1. David

    Your recipe is very close to Mark’s mother’s recipe, although he would never in a million zillion years substitute spaghetti squash for pasta! (It’s one of his personality defects… he hates most squash!)

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