Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I’ve always loved to cook.

Not gourmet meals by any stretch of the imagination, just simple yummy dishes. I’m no Ina Garten or Julia Child, after all.

But I do love to spend time in the kitchen creating delicious food for my family and friends.

Often though time is tight and made-from-scratch is completely impossible because of schedules and to-do lists. When that happens it’s really tempting to heat up a frozen lasagna or make a box of mac and cheese.

But even halfway homemade is better than preservative laden pre-packaged foods. 


Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I make a mean crockpot spaghetti sauce that gets it’s delicious flavor from simmering all day. But some mornings rush by in a blur and I can’t get to putting all the ingredients in the slow cooker.

Enter my halfway homemade spaghetti sauce.

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Halfway Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
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Sometimes it's just not possible to make everything from scratch. Try my halfway homemade spaghetti sauce paired with pasta for a quick meal!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup diced red onions
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried basil
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried parsley
  • 1 28 oz can (or bottle) crushed tomatoes
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  1. Heat oil in bottom of medium sauce pan.
  2. Saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  4. Add herbs and stir.
  5. Pour crushed tomatoes over onions, garlic and herbs in sauce pan.
  6. Add sugar, salt, black pepper and optional red pepper flakes.
  7. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve over hot pasta (whole wheat, rice, kamut, etc).

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Quick, easy spaghetti sauce that’s homemade so you know (and can prounounce!) all the ingredients. Yummy!

almost from scratch spaghetti sauce

 Do you make your own spaghetti sauce? Do you have any go-to healthy recipes for rushed dinners?

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  1. 1

    Mijo says

    I make homemade gravy and it always takes 3 hours! LOL my grandmother taught me from a very young age. One thing that she always did was to cook the gravy (sauce) the day before, along with all of the meats. Then on Sunday, all you have to do is heat it up, cook the pasta, make a salad and you’re finished :)
    I’m going to give your recipe a try and see if my husband approves :) if he does, that would be terrific!! I have MS and chronic back pain and “easier” would be better

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    Cheryl Newton says

    Hi! I’m always happy to find another almost-homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. I have a question, though: what size can (or jar) of crushed tomatoes do I need? The regular (15 oz.) one, or the larger (28 oz.) one? Thanks so much!