This homemade spaghetti sauce is so simple to prepare that you may never buy that stuff in a jar or can ever again! The homemade flavor can't be beat. This recipe comes together easily and pretty much takes care of itself. Click "Read More" for the details... :)
The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
2 - 3 Tbsp quality olive oil
1 large onion (sliced)
3 - 5 cloves garlic (chopped)*
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 Tbsp dried Italian herb seasoning blend (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast*
1 Tbsp ground dried turmeric*
1/2 cup red wine*
2 28 ounce (794 gram) cans of quality peeled San Marzano tomatoes*
2 750 gram boxes of quality peeled San Marzano tomatoes*
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add the sliced onion, a bit of salt, and chopped garlic. Cook until the onions have caramelized.
Remove the caramelized onions and garlic mixture from the skillet and place them in your slow cooker (see pic above).
Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage.
Season the meat mixture while browning with a bit of salt and freshly-ground pepper.
Add the browned meat mixture to the onions and garlic in the slow cooker.
Add the dried Italian herbs, along with the nutritional yeast and turmeric to everything in the slow cooker.
Add the tomatoes of your choice and gently mix everything together.
Stir in a bit of wine if you like and cook your sauce on the low-simmer setting for about 2 hours*.
Taste the sauce every once in a while as it cooks. Adjust the salt if needed.
The reason you see so many notes in this recipe is because it is highly versatile. If you're not a big meat-eater, omit the meats and add some bell peppers and/or mushrooms. It is all up to you!
It's ok to cook the sauce a bit longer, just remember that a super long simmer will not necessarily result in a better sauce.
My family enjoys lots of garlic, so I often add even a bit more than I listed in this recipe. Its really up to you!
The nutritional yeast and turmeric in this recipe add flavor, color, and additional nutrition.
The red wine is also a nice optional touch. It does not have to be anything fancy. I like using Spanish wines that I buy at the local discount grocery store. You might be surprised at what you can find!