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Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

When my mom made this spaghetti sauce, the house would smell so good that I'd open the windows to torture the neighbors. It even tastes wonderful the next day, when the flavors have really melded. —Vera Schulze, Holbrook, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Additional basil


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender, 4-6 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  • Stir 1/4 cup basil and, if desired, sugar into sauce. Serve over spaghetti. Top with cheese and additional basil.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup spaghetti with 3/4 cup sauce (calculated without cheese): 327 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Heavens_IL
    Aug 31, 2020

    Very tasty way to use up my abundance of fresh plum tomatoes. I added some garlic and other spices and my husband requested it again. Simple to make and delicious.

  • Trisha
    Aug 29, 2020

    I picked this recipe to use my fresh garden tomatoes on because it seemed a little easier than some of the ones I was finding with fresh tomatoes. I will never use canned sauce again, this was delicious!!

  • Brenda
    Jan 12, 2020

    We loved this sauce! I added ground sausage to the recipe. We will make this more often!!

  • DuckyD
    Dec 9, 2019

    I love this dish. My (41 year old) son doesn't. I'm right. He's wrong.

  • pop2you
    Aug 31, 2019

    Conni is right, this is the best homemade sauce I've ever made, and eaten. the adjustments I made were simple. I ,added 2 Tbls minced garlic, 1pound of Italian sausage,( I like meat sauce) and I used cherry tomatoes(had a bumper crop). I will definitely make this again.

  • Conni
    Aug 15, 2019

    This is the best spaghetti I've ever made (and I've made a lot, being 73). I added garlic and used a variety of tomatoes.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jul 31, 2019

    Delicious. Tastes like summer. I used tomatoes, basil and onions from the garden.