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How to Make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Store-Bought Jar


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Have you ever had a jar of pasta sauce that you wish tasted just a tad more homemade? I get it–you can MAKE your own tomato sauce however, life gets busy and sometimes you just don’t have the time.

Here are a couple of small things you can do to make that jarred pasta sauce have a little more flavor!


  • Chop 1 onion and cook in olive oil until caramelized (not mandatory)
  • Add 1 cup red wine, cook for 4 minutes
  • Add jarred pasta sauce to pot
  • Add water (1 Cup)
  • Add Sugar  (1/4 cup per pasta sauce jar)
  • Add salt (to taste)
  • Add Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)
  • Add crushed red pepper (1 teaspoon)
  • Add onion powder (1 teaspoon)
  • add Italian seasoning (1 teaspoon)
  • Cook until desired thickness is achieved

Enjoy with your favorite pasta dish!

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  1. Tracyfl

    October 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Besides sauted onions, I always add fresh garlic and fresh parsley and basil.

    • Ann

      October 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Great idea! I grow my own parsley and basil…!!

  2. Elizabeth

    October 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I add chopped bell peppers and sauté them with the onions 🙂

    • Mo

      October 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Yes, I do that bell peppers too and also mushrooms. Not only does it make it chunkier (which I like) but it’s a good way to sneak in more veggies.

  3. Julie D

    October 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    This just made me hungry!!! ;p

  4. Angela

    October 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I guess I just cheat when I do homemade sauce:

    Two tall cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce

    1 tsp oregano

    1 tsp parsley

    pinch of Italian Seasoning

    1/4 white onion diced

    1 8 oz package of white mushrooms

    1/2 tsp of Christopher Ranch Crushed Garlic

    1/2 tsp salt (any kind)

    pinch of black pepper

    What I do though is sautee the onions and crushed garlic on medium-high in a swish of olive oil in a pan…when onions turn clear-ish and oil has gone down, add all spices, THEN add the sauce. Heat on low to avoid a splatter. Tastes Delicious.

    Another easy recipe is for Garlic Parm Bread:

    If you know how to do a Grilled Cheese with butter this is super easy. You are going to make a spread. Extra for later is okay too.

    In a bowl mix Butter at room temperature, crushed garlic (as much as you like or can tolerate), and grated parmesan. Spread on BOTH sides of the bread.

    Put on griddle or skillet on the stove on medium high to fry up both sides. Will taste perfect for those Parmesan nights.

    My family loves it when I do this. Works with just about any bread- even homemade.

    Delicious and ENJOY!

    • Susan

      November 22, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Thank you!

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