The Best Dang Spaghetti Sauce Ever

I know. It’s a bold statement. But, I’m throwing it out there. It’s the best. Go ahead, prove me wrong!

Now, my mother makes a mean marinara sauce. And this recipe is reminiscent of hers, but with a few changes to make it all my own.

Best Dang Spaghetti Sauce Ever:

  • I pound sweet italian turkey sausage
  • 1 jar ‘garden vegetable combo’ marinara sauce (I buy whatever is on sale, the brand doesn’t matter, it just serves as a base. Although, personally, the chunkier the better).
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • glug of red wine (1/4 cup?)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste (I use about a tablespoon, maybe a little more)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Time is of the essence with this sauce.  Meaning, you need some time. It’s quick to throw together but the key to it being really good is to let it simmer on your stove top or in your oven for several hours. The longer all those flavors mesh together, the better the sauce is.

Brown turkey sausage on medium high heat. While sausage cooks dice onion and garlic. Add onion and garlic to sausage. Saute until onions are soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). In a large pot, combine marinara sauce, tomatoes with the juice, vinegar, sugar, wine, salt, pepper, italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. When the sausage, onion and garlic are done cooking, add to pot.

Initially, the sauce will be a bit watery from the wine and tomatoes, but trust me, just cover the pot, turn the heat to low and let it do its thing for a couple of hours. Stir occasionally. About an hour before you plan on serving dinner, chop the fresh basil and stir into the sauce.

The fresh basil is important. It adds great depth of flavor and gives the sauce a freshness that is so wonderful, especially on these cold and dreary fall days. I have two small basil plants that sit in my kitchen windowsill, that not only give off great fragrance, but make it easy and cheap for me to add fresh herbs to dishes.

Make sure to taste periodically and tweak as you need to. Maybe a little more salt, a little less red pepper flakes.  Whatever works for you.

When it’s time, boil up a big pot of your favorite noodles, we love linguine noodles, and garnish with some parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

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5 Responses to “The Best Dang Spaghetti Sauce Ever”


  1. 1 Mary Nelson November 18, 2009 at 8:47 am

    It sounds so delicious! In fact, I am going to make spaghetti tomorrow night so I’m going to give this recipe a try! Thank you!

  2. 2 Dad November 18, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Your talking trash be prepared at X Mas to demonstrate.
    Lov Ya

  3. 3 cate November 18, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I remember this sauce and it is the best!

  4. 4 Lacy November 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Just a little red wine vinegar? I thought last time…


  1. 1 Sick « A New Day Rises Trackback on January 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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