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How to Make Spaghetti Sauce

Skip the stuff in a jar and start from scratch for spaghetti sauce -- your recipe may turn out better than your mom's.


  • Step 1: Peel tomatoes Peel your fresh tomatoes and dice. If you like sauce a little chunkier, make your tomato cubes bigger. Set the diced tomatoes aside.
  • TIP: Peeling tomatoes is easy if you dunk each one in boiling water for 10 seconds and set in ice water to cool.
  • Step 2: Brown beef and add spices Spray a skillet with cooking spray and brown your ground beef. Drain the grease.
  • Step 3: Add spices Add onion, garlic, basil, a bay leaf, and oregano. Mix together all ingredients and cook for three minutes.
  • TIP: If you don't have all the spices, buy a jar of premixed pasta spices.
  • Step 4: Add in remaining ingredients Add the diced tomatoes to the meat mix, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper, and stir the mixture well.
  • TIP: For a thicker sauce, add some tomato paste to the sauce until you reach your desired thickness.
  • Step 5: Simmer sauce and pour over pasta Simmer the sauce for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Use over your favorite pasta and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese for a great homemade meal.
  • FACT: Cooked tomatoes have the antioxidant lycopene, which may reduce the risk of breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer.

You Will Need

  • 2 c. tomatoes
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 onions
  • diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • minced
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp. oregano
  • Can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pan of boiling water (optional)
  • Bowl of ice water (optional)
  • Jar of premixed pasta spices (optional)
  • Tomato paste (optional)

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