Recipe Sunday: “Semi-homemade” Spaghetti Sauce

Premium spaghetti sauce can cost as much as $5 per jar.  Store brands typically have very little flavor. Making your own costs just as much as a premium sauce if you have to buy all the ingredients and takes forever.  But there is another option: semi-homemade.

Popularized by Food Network personality Sandra Lee, semi-homemade is the place in between straight-up store bought and quick mixes on one side, and making from scratch on the other. It’s the process of making terrific dishes from mixes and generics by adding a touch of homemade.  My pudding frosted cake is one example. This spaghetti sauce is another.

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Recipe Sunday: "Semi-homemade" Spaghetti Sauce
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A quick spaghetti sauce done by the time the pasta is finished cooking
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 1 can (or jar) generic spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In non-stick skillet, heat olive oil.
  2. Mince onion & garlic and add to pan. Saute until onion begins to turn translucent.
  3. Pour sauce into large saucepan. Stir in all ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.


It’s that easy! Enjoy!


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