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Best Easy Homemade Rich Spaghetti Sauce Recipe - Loaded with Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, More

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My homemade spaghetti sauce

My homemade spaghetti sauce

Do you prefer more pasta or more sauce?

I love spaghetti sauce! Actually, I love any kind of sauce. The best thing about pasta dishes, to me, is definitely the sauce. Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, Alfredo sauce . . . . Give me just a few noodles, and I'll pile on the sauce.

I like my sauce loaded, too. I don't even need meat, necessarily (although some meatballs are a nice touch), but I love adding in chopped mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions.

I've even added in black olives and pepperonis, as the mood hits. Yum, so tasty.

For a really zesty sauce, using Italian sausage can really spice things up, too.

Ingredients for homemade spaghetti sauce

Ingredients for homemade spaghetti sauce

My Almost Homemade Sauce

My homemade sauce isn't perfectly homemade, as I don't start totally from scratch. Instead of starting from tomatoes, I do use canned tomato products, as many recipes call for. Often, I even start with a can or jar of premade spaghetti sauce and then just add to it. The crushed tomatoes give the sauce a great tomato taste.

My new-found favorite ingredient now is tomato paste. I've never used tomato paste much in the past, but, since discovering it, I can't leave it out. The flavor is so rich, which fits in perfectly with a robust spaghetti sauce.

Personally, I think it's fun to experiment with the sauce, and it is often different but always tasty. I'm sharing my recipe, but please feel free to experiment as you wish. That's part of the fun of cooking, after all.

Cook Time - Prep Time includes chopping and mixing; Cook time involves sauteeing and simmering!

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

1 hour

Approximately 6, less for spaghetti lovers like me

Spagetti with Meat Sauce or Meatballs?

I love spaghetti sauce so much (did I say that already?) that I can go with or without any meat added. When I make it for my boyfriend, meat is pretty much required, as seems to be the case with most men. Fine with me! I'm not opposed to a meaty sauce, either. I can eat spaghetti sauce different ways and enjoy any version.

One of these days I'm going to learn to make my own meatballs, but, for now, I often go the lazy route and purchase frozen meatballs. Hey, they're easy! And it's all about the sauce, anyway, right? I really like frozen meatballs. I drain them and add them to the sauce while it's simmering on the stove.

Sometimes I just add ground meat. I crumble up ground beef or sausage (preferably Italian) and brown it in a pan. After draining it, I then add the chopped vegetables, then the tomato products, and, finally, the spices.

My mouth is watering just thinking about a tasty, rich spaghetti sauce. I may have to make some again soon!

Pour sauce mixture over sauteed vegetables.

Pour sauce mixture over sauteed vegetables.

Ingredients: Without further ado . . . .

  • 1 can or jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 or 1 whole green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 (or more) whole mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs. Italian seasoning, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp Oregano, or more to taste
  • OR spaghetti flavoring packet, some or all in lieu of the above spices.
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water, optional (I use about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 t. or more sugar, (key in cutting the acid/sour flavor)
  • pepperonis, optional
  • black olives, optional
  • ground beef, turkey, or sausage--or meatballs, optional

Update on Tomato Ingredients for Sauce

I've made several batches of spaghetti sauce since creating this recipe, and this last time I tweaked the tomato products to make the sauce even tastier and saucier! I didn't start with pre-made sauce. Instead, here are the four products I used:

  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste

Feel free to still add fresh tomatoes in lieu of or in addition to the canned diced tomatoes.

Instructions for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Place chopped onions and bell peppers in pan. Sautee in olive oil for a few minutes over medium heat before adding sliced mushrooms and cooking until vegetables are softened.
  2. Add 3 cloves minced garlic while cooking.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. I prefer a few sprinkles of sea salt plus some cracked black pepper.
  4. Pour in can of spaghetti sauce, can of crushed tomatoes, plus can of tomato paste. In the summertime, I like to add a few chopped, fresh tomatoes out of the garden or from the Farmer's Market.
  5. Add in additional spices to taste. Turn to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes or so.
  6. In the meantime, boil spaghetti or other pasta as per package instructions. Mix sauce with pasta or serve separately. I prefer to keep the sauce separate, as I like to use much more sauce than noodles. Plus, I don't want the noodles to soak up all the sauce.
  7. Check spaghetti sauce for thickness. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup water for desired thickness.
  8. Meat is optional. Cook frozen meatballs in the oven and add them to the sauce while it's simmering, or opt for ground beef or sausage, Cook it first, drain, before adding the vegetables in step 1 and continuing with the rest of the instructions.

Rate this Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe

Spaghetti with Meatballs

Spahetti and meatballs with sprinkled grated Parmesan cheese on top!

Spahetti and meatballs with sprinkled grated Parmesan cheese on top!

Tool to Measure Spaghetti

© 2014 Victoria Lynn


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 21, 2015:

I agree, peachpurple! It's delicious!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 18, 2015:

spaghetti with homemade sauce is the best compare to store bought, voted up

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 21, 2014:

CherylsArt--Adding carrots is a great idea!! A great way to get in additional veggies, too. :-)

CherylsArt on September 19, 2014:

I like hearty spaghetti sauce too and also usually start with a jar of sauce. One of the fresh ingredients that I like to add is diced carrots. It goes very well with the tomato sauce.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 07, 2014:

thomdrillling--Yum--sausage is great in spaghetti sauce. So tasty!

Big Dan on August 07, 2014:

Great ideas. We add hot sausage to the sauce sometimes but mostly have veggie pasta.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 25, 2014:

Enjoy it, vibesites!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 25, 2014:

Glad you like the recipe, Virginia Lea! I'm sure you'll enjoy the sauce!!

vibesites from United States on July 24, 2014:

ooohhh nomnom I love a good spaghetti sauce loaded with lots of ingredients. Saved this recipe, thanks for sharing!

Virginia from Florida on July 24, 2014:

This sounds delicious. I wrote down this recipe and will make it for sure. I love mushrooms and bellpeppers in my spaghetti sauce! Thumbs up!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 15, 2014:

carter06--Yum! Just talking about all those great ingredients makes me hungry for spaghetti sauce! Thanks for the congrats! It seems like such a short time ago I started on HubPages--and now 300 hubs. It's a cool feeling. Thanks!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on March 14, 2014:

Oh & forgot to say congrats for the big 300..what an amazing feat!!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on March 14, 2014:

Great recipe spaghetti sauce and this one is loaded with lot's of healthy ingredients..I don't necessarily need meat either, mushrooms olives, garlic, fresh tomatoes & basil with fresh parmesan is just as love a good meatball though..cheers

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 28, 2014:

tillsontitan - That's a fantastic idea about putting everything in the crockpot. That would really bump up the flavor-and probably the texture of the meatballs. Great idea! Thanks!

Mary Craig from New York on February 28, 2014:

Lots of spaghetti for dinner after reading this great hub!

May I add, if you use frozen meatballs, put them in the crock pot with your home made sauce and let them cook all day. Everyone will think they're home made!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 27, 2014:

Sounds good, Ruchira! I hope you enjoyed your pasta and tweaked sauce!

Ruchira from United States on February 27, 2014:

the pix are making my mouth's menu was pasta with pesto sauce and I might just tweek it a bit :)

voted up as interesting tips hub!thanks vicki

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 27, 2014:

You're welcome, Susan Recipes!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 27, 2014:

Thanks, DDE! The photos make me want to make some sauce soon!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 27, 2014:

Faith Reaper - You enjoy your sauce, too! :-) Thanks for sharing this.

Susan from India on February 27, 2014:

Wow... this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 27, 2014:

This looks exquisite and so easy to make. Your photos are beautiful

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

Carb Diva - If you're in the area, I'd love to make a spaghetti for you! I have a friend who loves spaghetti, and a spaghetti supper is something I make for her nearly every year!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

Definitely,Sunshine! Oregano and black olive are good!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

Rebecca, I'm glad you're inspired. I LOVE spaghetti sauce!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 26, 2014:

Wow, your sauce sounds so good and awesome!!! Oh, I love sauce too and without meat is fine with me! The more sauce the better! I doctor up my store bought brand to my liking and it is wonderful. I will try your recipe here as it just sounds and looks so delicious.

Up and more and sharing.

Have a great evening and enjoy your sauce!

Faith Reaper

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 26, 2014:

Oh nummy! So when will dinner be ready? I'll be right over. I love this. I also have been known to embellish the store-bought stuff a bit. You take it to a new level. This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

VVanNess Love your :)azing! LOL. Glad you like!!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

LOL, Bill! Shucks, you make me blush. And I do see your point. :-) Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 26, 2014:

LCDWriter--Cool! Glad you like it! I love adding things to my store-bought sauce!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 26, 2014:

I've never added black olives to my sauce, great addition! Lots of Oregano too :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 26, 2014:

Wow, I guess I will spend more time on making spaghetti sauce. The photo has me salivating. Voted awesome and shared!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 26, 2014:

This sounds am. :)azing! Very nice job with directions and pictures! I'm going to have to give this one a try

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 26, 2014:

I'm sorry, Vicki, but you have no chance of being chosen for HOTD...why you ask? Because this is too well written and it is interesting. :)

L C David from Florida on February 26, 2014:

I like this because I always keep a few jars of sauce on hand but sometimes I'd like to spice it up a bit more. Good ideas.

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