My Basic Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I used to really hate tomatoes and the only tomato based food I would eat was pizza with an extremely thin layer of sauce. Then one fine evening at a friends house for  dinner I was presented with a plate of pasta smothered in “Dolmio brand” pasta sauce. Out of pure politeness I decided I would try and eat it. To my surprise it was quite nice! From then on I found myself buying spaghetti sauce in jars from the supermarket. The own brand was pretty cheap but I was not satisfied with it and thought I could probably make my own variation at home for even less. Plus cooking from scratch is often much healthier.

These days I absolutely love pasta sauce (I still hate raw tomatoes though!!)

I built this spaghetti sauce recipe up over time. I never read any recipes and started from scratch just guessing what would work out, so if you have any suggestions for improvement or extra frugality, please let me know.

INGREDIENTS: (produces around 5 good sized servings, can be frozen and easily reheated

  • 4 tins plum tomatoes (cheapest ones do fine, I have discovered) or the equivelent in fresh tomatoes (Edit, I always use fresh these days)
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (or to taste)
  • Vegetables (Use your favorite, a few carrots, some broccoli, courgettes and green/red peppers work well using a handful or so of each)
  • Dried or chopped fresh Basil to taste
  • Salt or Soy Sauce to taste
  • 1 Tbl spoon molasses, sugar or honey
  • Olive or canola Oil


  1. Chop the onions and vegetables into chunky pieces
  2. Chop the garlic finely or use a garlic crusher
  3. Heat a small amount of oil in a large wok or pan and then add the onions and garlic. Fry for a few minutes until slightly browning.
  4. Add the vegetables and fry for a few minutes making sure you keep stirring.
  5. Then you can just go right ahead and add all the tinned tomatoes and make sure th heat is fairly high.
  6. Straight after add a tablespoon of molasses / sugar, this helps to break the tomatoes down and gives a slight sweet taste.
  7. Now keep watch on the tomatoes and stir and slowly crush them with your stirring device (this will get easier as the cooking goes on) until it starts to produce a lumpy sauce (should be about 10mins)
  8. Add a small amount of salt or soy sauce (to taste) then add loads of basil.
  9. Keep the whole thing simering for another 10-15mins longer making sure you keep coming back to further crush the tomatoes and stir the mixture.
  10. Then serve straight onto whatever type of pasta you wish.

I told you this tomato sauce recipe was simple and I give you my word it is very nice!

I use this recipe quite often and make it is varied batch sizes depending on how many ingredients I have in the fridge. It can be easily frozen and reheated in a pan or microwave.

girl eating spaghettiVariations and Alternative Uses

In many ways this sauce is a base sauce and can be adapted to make many different pasta sauces or even different dishes.

  • Add chickpeas, beans and varying vegetables to get different textures and tastes.
  • Other herbs can be mixed or replaced. I like using Thyme and Rosemary
  • Adding a little cream can turn the sauce into a Rose style sauce that is great over Tagliatelle.
  • A little chili powder can make an Arrabiata style sauce.
  • Add a little olive juice and caper juice (plus capers) for a Putenesca style sauce.
  • A great vegetarian chili can be made by adding mixed beans, chili powder, red and green peppers and corn to the base source and simmering until hot throughout.
  • Add some curry powder to make a basic curry that is great over rice.

What did you think of this Spaghetti Sauce Recipe?

If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please let me know…

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16 thoughts on “My Basic Spaghetti Sauce Recipe”

  1. Awesome, let me know how it turns out.

    I will add some pictures to this at some point. It really is easy and stupidly cheap.

    I will be emailng you very soon.

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  3. Yet another stunning variation of spaghetti recipe. Thank you for sharing. But I think I will be trying this recipe with Bucatini pasta as I have a lot of them at home! Hope it will be delicious!

    1. Thanks Justin, I don’t think I am stable enough (on the road right now) to get a pizza from you right now but I really wish I could try it. If you would be up for sending one to one of my writers in New York please let me know.

  4. I love spaghetti sauces. Their flexibility to mix around with different types of herbs and meat makes it easy to experiment without worrying about failure. Spaghetti sauces also goes well with different types of pasta shapes and pasta dough.If you have been using packed pastas with homemade spaghetti sauces, it is about time you try to make your own freshly homemade pasta from your kitchen.I guarantee, your family will love you for it.Bon Appetite
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