Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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I’ve been itching to get back to Italy. When we travelled there a few years ago one of my favorite aspects of the trip was, of course, the authentic food. In my opinion, nothing can compare to a hearty bowl of pasta, fresh bread, and a glass of red wine (or two…). Although my all-time favorite pasta is spaghetti limoné (one of Frank Prisinzano’s “methods”), this simple spaghetti sauce recipe is hands down my second favorite option. I’ve been making various versions of this recipe over the years and have found that it’s nearly foolproof. The most important ingredients of this spaghetti sauce recipe are good quality canned tomatoes and butter.
Hope you enjoy this little taste of Italy!

simple spaghetti sauce recipe erinslately

simple spaghetti sauce recipe erinslately

There are so many ways to tweak this simple spaghetti sauce recipe to make it a little different every time. Some things that I’ve added in the past have been Italian sausage, sautéed ground sirloin, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes. Check out my list of 20 Wines Under $20 for the perfect pairing to this pasta. Ciao!

What You'll Need:

+ One pack of spaghetti

+ One 35 oz. can of San Marzano tomatoes

+ One yellow onion – halved

+ Two garlic cloves – only peeled, not chopped

+ Two bay leaves

+ Half a teaspoon of dried Mediterranean oregano

+ Six heaping tablespoons of butter

+ Olive oil to top it off with

+ Grated parmesan (quantity according to your taste)

+ Salt & Pepper


1. In a saucepan combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, butter and bay leaves. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat.

2. Add in the oregano.

3. Bring down to a simmer and cook for a minimum of 35 minutes. The longer, the better! I usually aim for around 45 minutes to an hour if I have the time.

4. Stir and break down the tomatoes intermittently; I usually do this every 5-10 minutes.

5. Cook your spaghetti al dente and make sure to heavily salt the water (this is the only salt I like to use in this dish, especially when topping it with delicious and salty parmesan). If you’re skipping the cheese I would add a pinch of salt towards the end.

6. Once you’re about ready to take the sauce off of the heat, remove the large pieces of onions, garlic cloves, bay leaves, and any large chunks of tomato. I usually keep it pretty hearty but you can remove the remaining pieces of tomatoes or even strain it if you prefer.

7. Plate your spaghetti and top with sauce.

8. Drizzle a little bit good quality olive oil and, the best part, sprinkle on some cheese!

9. Finish with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Here’s a video of how I put the Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe together!

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