Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Ah, the beauty of a simple Spaghetti Dinner.

This meal can really put a smile on my face. 
A smile, because it just tastes so darn good. 
A grin, because every person living under this roof loves it.
And when children enjoy the dinner handed to them…
the almighty dinner hour seems to run a teensie bit smoother.
Until they finish eating and want to complain about helping with the dishes. 
Which my children NEVER do, of course.
They are not the type to whine, or argue. 
Rather, my exceptionally perfect children are constantly saying splendid things like…
“Brother darling, would you mind not teasing me every single minute of the day.”
“Sweet, beautiful mother…what a pleasant and delightful meal you have prepared for us on this chilly evening.”
“Dear fair sister,…would you please pass the Grey Poupon.”
I bet your kids talk like that too, don’t they. 
I knew it. 
That’s just how kids are.
Naturally poised and polished from sun up to sun down.
Alright so maybe not ALL of the time.
Maybe just when they are eating a Hearty Spaghetti Dinner. 
Or maybe just in my dreams. 
🙂  🙂  🙂
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 Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the ingredient list here. 
Once you have the sausage browned and the onions and garlic cooked a bit…everything else just gets dumped in and left to simmer. 
While you do things like help with homework and piano practice and put band aids on skinned knees and put the Grey Poupon back in the fridge after it accidentally sat out on the counter all day.

***NOTE: If you have leftover sauce it can easily be frozen and reheated for a meal in the future. End of note.***
Hearty Spaghetti Sauce
Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from MyHandsomeHusband
1 pound sausage
1 small onion
1 T minced garlic
3  14.5 ounce cans Italian Stewed Tomatoes
2  8 ounce cans tomato sauce
2 T tomato paste
1 t Italian seasoning
1 t fennel (optional, but very delightful)
2 bay leaves
1 t oregano
pinch red pepper flakes
1/8 t pepper
1 T beef bullion
1 T lemon juice
1 T brown sugar
2 T olive oil
1 t balsamic vinegar
1. Throw the sausage into a large skillet and brown the tasty stuff. Drain the grease.
2. Chop up the onion and garlic and add it to the sausage. Let it saute for about 3-4 minutes.
3. Open the cans of Italian Stewed Tomatoes and blend them in your blender, or with an immersion blender. 
4. Pour the blended tomatoes into the skillet. Add all other ingredients, bring the mixture to a boil.
5.  Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Serve with a pasta of your choosing and a little grated Parmeson cheese on top. 
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  1. 1
    November 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    A good plate of pasta with a hearty homemade sauce on top is one of life's simple pleasures.

    PS – re the kids… only in my dreams too

  2. 2
    November 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I had a dream about kids like that too-it was before I actually had mine of course… 😛

    This recipe looks amazing! I'm going to give it a try tonight I think!


  3. 3
    November 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    First of all I have to thank you for single handedly bringing me to a love of cooking. I NEVER thought that was posssilbe! Or for me to be good at it! Your recipes are easy to follow, use simple ingredients and are so far 'Emily' proof! My family thanks you!!! I use at least 2 of your recipes every week. Thank you so much!!!

    Now for my questions. Can you substitute ground beef and can this be frozen? Are you going to start a section on meals that can be frozen? Because I would LOVE that. It seems like I always need/want to bring a meal to someone in need and can never find anything GOOD to bring!

  4. 4
    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Emily,
    You can use ground beef, however the flavor of the sausage really makes this sauce wonderful. Leftovers freeze very well.
    Thanks for your kind words about my site. So glad the recipes have been turning out well for you and your family. Have a great day!

  5. 5
    November 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I second Emily's comments about your recipes being easy to follow with simple, NORMAL ingredients! I made your pumpkin cheesecake on Saturday and have to say it's absolutely the best cheesecake recipe I have ever made. Everyone loves it. My 9-yr old nephew couldn't stop oohing and ahhing over it while he was eating his slice. 🙂 Thank you & keep up the good work. I plan to follow this blog as long as you are posting!

  6. 6
    November 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Jamie, I have a question. I hope it's not a “dumb” question…. What kind of Sausage do you use? I know there's hot sausage, italian sausage etc. I'm a cook … well, I'm not really a “cook”, but when I DO cook… I need exactness. 🙂 Some people fudge this and that in a recipe… not me. I've ruined more great dishes that way.

  7. 7
    November 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Terry,
    It's not a dumb question at all. For this recipe I just used Regular Jimmy Dean sausage, however you could use Italian…or Hot (if that's your kind of thing. I'd make it with regular first and see if you want more of a kick to it. Then you could try the other types of sausage. Good luck! Hope it turns out well for you!

  8. 8
    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Made this for dinner last night and I think it is going to replace my previous spaghetti sauce recipe that I got from my mom! Thanks so much!!

  9. 9
    October 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Jamie, thank you for this wonderful spaghetti sauce recipe. I made it for dinner tonight and I’m sold! I’ve been looking for a recipe to hang on to for a long time and this is it. I used sweet Italian turkey sausage. Yummy, yummy!

  10. 10
    January 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Have you ever thrown this in the slow cooker instead of simmering on the stove??

  11. 11
    October 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This sauce is delish! It is now my go to recipe! Thank you!

  12. 12
    November 12, 2016 at 10:46 am

    This is the BEST sauce!

  13. 13
    Elise Gray
    August 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I just have to tell you that I discovered this recipe of yours several years ago and now all of my sisters say that this is the best marinara recipe and swear by it! I have tried several other ones (just because) and none top this!

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