Basic Spaghetti Sauce

Angela Martin


This is a good, basic sauce to use as is over a more delicate variety of pasta, or, add meat of your choosing to make it more hearty.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Approximately 10
30 Min
1 Hr


  • 2/3 c
    olive oil
  • 3 large
    onions, chopped
  • 2 large
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 stick
    celery, chopped
  • 6 clove
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp
    salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground pepper
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 2 tsp
  • 3 can(s)
    28-ounce italian whole tomatoes, crushed or coarsely chopped
  • 16 oz
    can tomato paste

How to Make Basic Spaghetti Sauce


  1. In large stockpot, heat olive oil. When hot, add onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned. Push vegetables to the side and add garlic. Season vegetables with some of the salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add bay leaves, oregano, water, sugar, tomatoes, and tomato paste to stockpot. Mix well and bring to boil. Season with rest of the salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low or medium-low and let cook for 45 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Sauce improves if made day before.

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About Basic Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces

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