Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
I was going to make lasagna for dinner tonight, but I hadn’t fully taken into account one of the items on my to do list: Have tumor removed. For some reason I mistook the word benign for painless. I seriously put it on my to do list as if I was just having my teeth cleaned. By midday the anesthesia had worn off  and I was quite aware that I had had surgery on my head. Fortunately, my older kids took over watching my 4 year old and preparing the house for tomorrow evening’s party. The spaghetti sauce I made yesterday to use in lasagna was instead reheated and served over pasta.

In the summer when I have plenty of tomatoes I enjoy making spaghetti sauce from scratch, but when fresh tomatoes are scarce I make this easy recipe.

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
A quick and easy recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce.
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning (How to make Italian Seasoning)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature and simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes*.
  3. After the sauce has simmered you can add ½ – 1 pound cooked and drained ground beef or turkey if you wish.
I sometimes simmer the sauce for up to 1½ hours. The longer you simmer the sauce, the more the flavors meld. It is even better if you cook it the day before and give the flavors time to blend in the refrigerator over night.



I have a riding lesson tomorrow morning. I have checked my helmet and it doesn’t seem like it is going to rub too much on my stitches, so I am going forward with my lesson because yes, I have a really flat learning curve. ;-)

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I haven't tried yet home made spaghetti sauce, mine is always Ragu brand. I will try this one.

  2. Hodgepodgemom says:

    My goodness Alea!! I had no idea. I know I might sound like a Mama but take it easy. Here you are having had a tumor removed and you are making spaghetti sauce and riding? Wow! (prayers for you)

    I appreciate your simple spaghetti sauce recipe.

  3. juliecache says:

    healing thoughts to you!

  4. Alea Milham says:

    Thank you Tricia and Julie,

    I am feeling better, but in hindsight I should have scheduled a little recuperation time. :)

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  6. J L Health 918-836-0565 says:

    Wow Alea…so glad everything went well for you!

    I made my own sauce for years and then started buying premade some time ago. I need to get back to it!

    Great post and thanks for hosting and sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  7. Melissa Jones says:

    Take it easy! I hope all is resolved. You sound like me in your desire to just plow through…I had a cyst removed from my scalp last year and "moved forward" so much that I ripped the stitches out within a couple of days. Oops! But, if riding makes you feel better, then do it!

    This pasta looks just as good as any lasagna. Yum.

  8. I know it makes the recipe seem more complex, but the addition of some parmesan cheese, basil and oregano, make this recipe sing!

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