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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Lean turkey sausage links spice up this hearty sauce that turns pasta into a splendid main dish. "I blend a cup of the sauce for my young son, so there are no chunks of vegetables, and he loves it," says Laurinda Johnston, a field editor in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 50 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 3 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups hot cooked spaghetti
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine the celery, onion, green pepper and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender and water is reduced.
  • 2. Crumble sausage over vegetable mixture; cook until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper and remaining water.
  • 3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with spaghetti. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 645mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 12g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Reviews for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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Cavi 158978
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Very, very tasty. Makes a lot. Wondering if I am able to can it."

shellypat 82474
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"This sauce is delicious and makes a ton; I divide it and freeze half. I use spicy Italian turkey sausage, which makes it very flavorful, plus I add sliced mushrooms. Yum!"

JenT57 66028
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"Best spaghetti sauce I have ever tasted made with turkey"

sharvey 135894
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"LOVE this recipe! I tweaked it a bit with added seasonings and with the tomato sauce I use 2 - 28 oz crushed tomatoes instead of the it in lasagna!"

lurky27 207321
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"This sauce is delicious! Absolutely worth making."

scarlet286 82473
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"This sauce is okay; it lacked in flavor somewhat. I did leave out the celery because my boyfriend hates it."

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