Basic Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

    1 hour

    A really lovely and simply pasta or lasagne sauce. If you're vegetarian it tastes great with out the meat! Just substitute two tablespoons olive oil for the beef.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 800g tinned diced tomatoes
    • 800g tinned crushed tomatoes
    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 2 yellow onions, chopped
    • 2 green capsicums, chopped
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Blend the diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes in a blender. In a stock pot brown the beef mince with the onions, peppers and garlic. Pour in tomatoes and reduce heat. Add sugar, basil and oregano and simmer about 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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    this sauce is sooo yummy, ive been making it for awhile already. But i decided to do it a little different this time. I browned the beef,onion,garlic, and pepper together, and threw all the ingredients together into the slowcooker. I used one can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can of diced italian tomatoes, and one can of tomato sauce. Let it slow cook on low for 5 hours, with a tad bit of water. Then tossed with pasta later and topped with parm cheese. It was sooo wonderful, when you let it cook on low for a long time the flavor is just wonderful!  -  06 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the best homemade sauce I have ever had! It is also much better than anything you can get in the store, but then again, it is homemade. I left out the green pepper, because I didnt have any on hand, and used only diced tomatoes, because once again, that was all I had. I also left out the sugar all together and added a can of tomato sauce (I dont care for the taste of tomato paste), 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and a pinch of baking soda to take out some of the acidity, which ends up turning the acid to sugar and makes it taste a bit sweeter so it doesnt need the sugar after all! Wonderfull recipe. Thanks for sharing!  -  20 Feb 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this last night to go along with baked ziti. It was delicious. Although I did make several changes. I used only 1 onion, 1 tsp. of brown sugar, 1 green bell pepper. I also added mushrooms along with 1 red & yellow bell pepper. I used 1/2 ground beef & 1/2 italian sausage & added a little bit of crushed red pepper. I let it simmer for about an hour & perfecto!! This is great to use as a base recipe. You can add or take away from based on your personal preferences. Thanks Sheri!!  -  16 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)