Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
- 4 medium onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 12 cups chopped peeled fresh tomatoes
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- Hot cooked pasta
- Minced fresh basil, optional
- In a Dutch oven, saute onions in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, salt, oregano, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomato paste and brown sugar; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta and basil, if desired.
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Nutrition Facts1/2 cup: 133 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.
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Oct 4, 2018
A nice slow simmer reduces this recipe to a wonderful thick sauce. I love the addition of the brown sugar. It helps reduce the acid build up that can occur with these types of homemade sauces. I used fresh summer tomatoes. I too reduced the amount of salt due to dietary needs. TOH * VFEditor
Oct 1, 2015
I made this last week and we liked it. I cut the salt down to 1 tsp. because we are salt conscious and I didn't have fresh garlic so I used a couple tsp. of dried minced garlic from a jar. I ended up canning the sauce because my freezers are full and I got 6 and a half pints. I also pureed it before I put it in the jars. Looks wonderful. I definitely will make it again.
Oct 15, 2014
I make this every year with the tomatoes from my garden and have tomato sauce all year long. It is great.
Sep 13, 2014
This is way too sweet for our taste, fairly bland as well. Great use for garden tomatoes, but still searching for a secret ingredient that can give this some flavor and something to take away the sweetness. Very disappointed.
Sep 9, 2014
Best sauce I ever made!!!
Oct 3, 2013
Excellent! I added fresh basil & doubled the garlic.
Sep 15, 2013
This sauce is sweeter than I like. Of course, next time I can reduce the sugar but does anyone have any idea what I can do for this completed batch to reduce the sweet taste?
Sep 8, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
This is a great sauce! I used two different types of garden fresh tomatoes and loved the flavors. I also cut the recipe into thirds and made a third of the recipe and it worked great-just reduce the cooking times by a third too!
Feb 22, 2013
This recipe is hands down the BEST spaghetti sauce recipe for using up garden tomatoes! I run it thru the blender, so that my kids don't complain about the tomato chunks.