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This easy spaghetti sauce is so basic but loaded with flavor and contains no added sugar! It can be made on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an instant pot.

If you are a looking for a simple yet flavorful spaghetti sauce, then look no further. This sauce will be your new go to when you want to eat clean without sacrificing taste.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

This easy homemade spaghetti sauce is our go-to recipe. It’s so simple and tastes incredible. It’s become just as popular as our homemade sloppy joe sauce.

There are minimal ingredients and no added sugars. It’s perfect for pasta noodles or vegetable noodles. It’s similar to our eggplant tomato sauce and it’s a bit healthier than our amogio sauce.

Garlic, onion, and basil flavor the sauce and it’s completely meat-free. But, if you are a meat lover, you can always add that in.

The sauce can be cooked in a variety of ways making it perfect for busy weeknights.

Simmer it on the stove or in the slow cooker. Or give it a quick cook in the pressure cooker.

I’ll leave tips down below on how to cook and store this homemade spaghetti sauce with ease!

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients:

To make this basic spaghetti sauce recipe, you will need:

  • Olive oil: For sautéing the onion and garlic
  • Onion: One medium onion for the best flavor
  • Garlic: Love the flavor of garlic in spaghetti sauce
  • Tomato Puree: We prefer this over tomato paste
  • Crushed tomatoes: Gives the sauce a rustic texture
  • Basil: Fresh basil is heaven is pasta sauce
  • Salt and pepper: Season to taste
How to Make Easy Spaghetti Sauce

How to Make Easy Spaghetti Sauce:

To make this easy homemade spaghetti sauce, simply…

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil. Cook it until the onion turns translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer. The longer you simmer the sauce, the more flavorful it will be. We tend to let it cook for an hour.
  3. Use it right away or store it for later. If you plan to store it for later use, let the sauce cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, then transfer it to an airtight container.

To make a meat sauce, cook 1 pound of ground beef then drain the fat and add it in step 2.

Basic Spaghetti Sauce

How to Make Easy Spaghetti Sauce in a Slow Cooker:

You can make this sauce in a slow cooker by…

  • Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil. Cook it until the onion turns translucent.
  • Transfer to slow cooker and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

How to Make Easy Spaghetti Sauce in an Instant Pot:

Spaghetti sauce can also be made in an Instant Pot…

  • Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil. Use the Instant Pot’s saué option to cook until the onions turn translucent.
  • Stir in ⅔ cup of broth to deglaze the pot. (we like vegetable broth but you can use beef or chicken.) And stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook. Secure the lid and turned the valve to the sealing position. Set the pressure cook button to 10 minutes on high pressure.
  • Release the pressure. When finished cooking, let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes then move the valve to venting.
  • Remove the lid and stir.

Add ground meat by cooking it in the Instant Pot with the onions and garlic. Drain the fat then continue with the next step.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

How to Store Easy Spaghetti Sauce:

Refrigerate – Allow the sauce to cool for about 1 hour then transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Freeze – Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the sauce overnight in the refrigerator then reheat and use right away.

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Yield: 5 cups

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Image

This easy spaghetti sauce is so basic but loaded with flavor and contains no added sugar! It can be made on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an instant pot.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, about 3 cloves
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, sauté until onions become translucent. 
  2. Add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a low boil, stirring often.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. 
  4. Serve immediately or allow to cool then package it in a freezer safe container for easy storage.

Make ahead tip

  1. Allow the sauce to cool for about 1 hour then transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  2. Or Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the sauce overnight in the refrigerator then reheat and use right away.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values here on our recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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