Basil Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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My homemade sauce is packed with fresh tomatoes and assorted seasonings. Folks who sample it never seem to miss the meat.—Marlane Jones, Allentown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped peeled tomatoes (about 5 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 128 calories, 7g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Yield: about 8 servings.
Originally published as Basil Spaghetti Sauce in Country Woman July/August 1996, p36

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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katsmeow2 User ID: 1567045 11613
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I used 1 can of fire-roasted & 1 can of regular diced tomatoes and cooked it the entire time uncovered. Very chunky which is how we like it and it was delicious. It was so easy. This will be my new favorite sauce recipe."

JenLDell User ID: 4819706 3823
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I seeded the tomatoes and I'm glad I did. After cooking for an hour and a half it was very watery so I blended some of it and I took the lid off and let it cook down for another 90 minutes. I added oregano in it too to give it more flavor. It was very delicious! Next time I'll blend 1/2 of the tomatoes and cook it with the lid off to begin with."

RachelE User ID: 1320859 10316
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This turned out delicious and very fresh-tasting. The seasonings are wonderful. I did blend half the tomatoes, since my kids aren't fond of tomato chunks, and I think it made it a little watery- I had to cook it without the lid for an hr or 2 to get it to reduce. I also used 1/4 tsp onion powder for the onion, so I only needed about a TB of oil to cook the garlic."

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