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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely diced yellow onion (about 1 medium onion)
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon minced garlic)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes and their juice
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon butter

1. Heat oil in a large, deep pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 4-5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook, stirring, for one minute or until fragrant.
2. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until it coats all the onions (about 1 minute).
3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sugar, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves.
4. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and simmer, partially covered, for at least an hour or up to three hours. Stir occasionally. Make sure the sauce isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan. Adjust heat if necessary.
5. Carefully remove bay leaf and stir in butter, basil, and parsley until butter is melted.
Taste, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
For a sauce with meat, add ground beef, turkey, or Italian sausage. Brown in pan with onions before adding the garlic.
Additional vegetables can be added such as chopped bell peppers or mushrooms.

Source: https://www.rachelcooks.com/2020/02/26/homemade-spaghetti-sauce/
Rachel Cooks

If you have a garden full of tomatoes, that’s wonderful! You can easily substitute peeled fresh tomatoes for the crushed and diced tomatoes. Roma tomatoes or another meaty variety work best. You’ll need about four pounds.
Add more veggies: Chopped bell peppers or mushrooms can be added. Sauté them with the onions. Or stir in a few handfuls of baby spinach right before serving.
I like to serve this sauce with homemade baked turkey meatballs. If you would like to make a spaghetti sauce with meat, sauté ground beef or turkey, or Italian sausage with the onions, and then continue the recipe as directed.
Enjoy this homemade spaghetti sauce meatless for a vegetarian entree.
If you happen to have a rind of Parmesan cheese, put that in the sauce as it simmers to enhance the flavor.
Make this sauce vegan or Whole30 simply by omitting the butter and sugar.
Don’t have any fresh herbs? Simply add a tablespoon of dried basil and parsley instead.

Homemade spaghetti sauce is a meal preppers’ dream. You can make a big batch of this sauce when you have extra time and freeze it in freezer containers indefinitely. Preferably, you should allow time for it to thaw overnight in the fridge before using.

Or, make a big batch of sauce on Saturday or Sunday, and plan meals around it for the rest of the week. It’s perfect for more than spaghetti and meatballs. Use it for this easy skillet lasagna, pizza stuffed spaghetti squash, rustic polenta stack, or pizza quesadillas, or as a dipping sauce for air fryer mozzarella sticks or chicken strips.




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