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Spaghetti Sauce

We eat spaghetti about once per week. It's an easy meal and tastes great. I have a favorite sauce, but sometimes buy a different one when other brands are on sale, or I'm shopping somewhere that doesn't sell my usual brand.

I have a few criteria for a good spaghetti sauce.

First, quality. I know I'm looking at a better quality sauce when they use olive oil rather than soybean oil. Take a look at a cheaper spaghetti sauce, like a store brand. It will most likely have soybean oil (or perhaps another cheap oil). It may also have olive oil, or no olive oil at all. I only purchase spaghetti sauces which contain olive oil as the only oil.

Second, simplicity. I don't like a sauce with a bunch of ingredients. After all, I can add in my own spices if I so choose. I don't want a lot of onions, I don't want other veggies, and I certainly don't want any questionable ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.

Third is of course price. I prefer not to pay over $2 for a jar of sauce. That may seem cheap, but you can do it. I very rarely spend over $2, and if I do, it's not more than $2.50.

My hubby wants me to try making it from scratch this summer. I'd like to do that if I can find some really good tomatoes that aren't expensive. We try every year to grow tomatoes on our balcony, but they never work out. My parents have a garden, but even their tomatoes weren't prolific last year. Hopefully this year proves differently and I can try making my own sauce!

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 26, 2015, 10:14 AM

I always make my own Bolognese recipe, but just a tomato sauce you can buy here in Spain with added olive oil, the homemade variety is even more delicious. i did a post about how to make that on bubblews, after being given a lesson by Spanish friends.

peachpurple wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:31 PM

try prego spaghetti sauce, i love the mushroom sauce

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:39 PM

Making your own sauce is actually very easy. My mother always used a seasoning packet until my father was put on a low sodium diet. Spaghetti was a favorite family dinner that Daddy loved, but the packet was loaded with salt and sugar. So I just read the ingredients and decided I could make something as good myself with less sodium. I have no recipe. I just start with low sodium tomato sauce, add margarine and spices to taste, maybe a touch of sugar or sweetener to take the edge off the grassy taste of some of the herbs, and fiddle with it until I get it right. If I have fresh tomatoes, I'll use those. I buy spaghetti sauce occasionally if I can get it at the right price, but it's just not as good and nowhere near as healthy.