My favorite smell in the world is my mom's big batch spaghetti sauce without meat. I love that this sauce isn't enhanced by ground beef or Italian sausage. It's pure tomato sauce bliss. She made it every few months when we were growing up. Every Wednesday night, and I mean every Wednesday night, was Prince spaghetti night at our house.
This Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce Was My Childhood Favorite
The smell of that garlic starting from the beginning of the process drove me crazy. I do love my garlic. There's only a handful of ingredients to this amazing sauce and the reason it tastes so damn good is because it simmers for 5-6 hours. That is the secret. As a result, the sauce is a deep tomato color and the flavor, oh my, that flavor. I've never had another sauce like it. Pick a day that you'll be home all day. This sauce needs to be continuously stirred throughout the cooking process - about every 15 minutes.
So here's to my mom! And all the mom's who have magical recipes that make your stomach growl and mouth water just thinking of them. Really - this sauce will not disappoint. I use it for spaghetti and meatballs (or Italian sausage), chicken parmesan, eggplant towers w/cheesy ricotta blend, or my ultimate spaghetti lasagna. I freeze the sauce in plastic containers and pull it out when needed.
Our lives can get hectic and it's always a bonus to have this sauce in the freezer for an easy spaghetti night. Gather your loved ones together for a delicious home-cooked meal and conversation. Share your days and your lives with each other. Sitting around a table with family and friends is an important part of the human experience. This is where we laugh, tell stories and simply exist. Put those cell phones and devices away and appreciate human connection. I always feel better when I make time for this ritual. I hope you do too.
If you're new to cooking, no worries. All my recipes include written instructions and step-by-step videos to guide you through the recipe. I'll be right there with you the whole way!
All the ways you can use this amazing sauce:
- Insanely Delicious Meatballs
- Crispy Chicken Parmesan
- Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake
- Roasted Eggplant Towers with Cheesy Ricotta Blend
- Three-Cheese Stuffed Chicken w/Sausage & Red Sauce
- The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna