Gather the ingredients for making Italian Spaghetti Sauce. Then read about the secrets here.
Dice the carrots to (1/4in / 5mm).
Dice the celery to (1/4in / 5mm).
Dice the onion to (1/4in / 5mm).
The ratio for the mirepoix is 8oz celery, 8oz carrot, 16oz onion, to 8 quarts of sauce.
Begin by frying the mirepoix with olive oil in the stock pot starting with the carrot. Fry the carrot for 3 minutes. Then fry the celery with the carrot for 3 minutes. Next, fry the onion with the celery and carrot for about 5 minutes. When the onion starts to become translucent proceed to the next step.
Add tomato sauce, diced tomato, and crushed tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper.
On the side mix wine, broth, and tomato paste in a bowl with a whisk. After thorough mixing of the ingredients then add to sauce.
Stir often and add bay leaves. Once the sauce starts to simmer, start timing the sauce. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes from this point.
After simmering 10 minutes add oregano and parsley.
After simmering for 25 minutes add basil and garlic.
After 30 minutes are complete turn off the sauce. Use immediately or cool for a few hours before transferring to freezer containers.
Italian Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 16g5%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chef Tips: Making Great Italian Spaghetti Sauce
Be sure to prep all the ingredients ahead of time and before beginning to cook. You don't want to forget something along the way, and I have found it the best practice to prepare and measure all the ingredients before you begin to cook. I typically begin with cutting all the vegetables, then measuring all the spices.
Be sure to use a stock pot that is large enough to hold all the ingredients, I use a stainless steel stock pot for this recipe. I avoid using nonstick stock pots for recipes that don't need them. It saves on their wear. Aside from that cooking food on high heat can damage nonstick pots.