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Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

When my tomatoes ripen, the first things I make are BLTs and this homemade spaghetti sauce. —Sondra Bergy, Lowell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 cups chopped peeled fresh tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  • 1. In a large Dutch oven, saute the onions and pepper in oil until onions are tender. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, oregano and basil. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and brown sugar; simmer 1 hour longer. Remove bay leaves. Serve over pasta. Yield: 2 quarts.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Browned ground beef or Italian sausage can be added to the cooked sauce if desired. The sauce also freezes well.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 133 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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knollbrookcook
Reviewed 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."

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dcscake_OH
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I make this every year with the tomatoes from my garden and have tomato sauce all year long. It is great."

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Texascynt
Reviewed 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."

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susanhavlicsek
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Best sauce I ever made!!!"

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MichelleKTrapp
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Excellent! I added fresh basil & doubled the garlic."

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chooseanother
Reviewed 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?"

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cle6367
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Excellent!"

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kerrizims
Reviewed 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!"

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SKelm
Reviewed 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."

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melgoody03
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"This is a great way to use up the tomatoes and herbs from my garden. The sauce freezes well so that we can use it all winter long. My family loves it!"

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