The Easy, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Your Kids Will Love

Food     by Rita Tarnate     Sep 21, 2020

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Cuisine: Italian
Level: Easy

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20-25 mins
Serves 8

As kids, when we were asked what we wanted for dinner, my sister would often respond with, “I want spetti!” Our mom, my daughter’s Ahmi, makes a bolognese-style spaghetti sauce, and “Ahmi sauce” is now a household favorite for my family. I use it for pasta bakes, zucchini boats, and, of course, spaghetti night.

Just like my mom, I always make extra. Spoon the leftover sauce into a muffin tin, pop it into the freezer, and store the frozen pucks in a freezer bag. The pucks are perfect, single-serve portions for toddlers and infants eating solids.

My daughter has pasta for lunch every Monday, and having frozen spaghetti sauce on hand makes it super easy. Add a puck or two of frozen sauce to a fresh batch of your favorite pasta, and lunch is ready – buon appetito!

Image of homemade spaghetti sauce ingredients.

Ahmi's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced (optional)

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

1½ teaspoons garlic powder

1½ teaspoons  onion powder

2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1½ tablespoon oregano

Sugar, to taste (optional)

Notes

  • You can go meat-free or substitute the ground beef with ground meat of your choice.
  • For a chunkier sauce, include the diced onions and replace 1 (15-ounce) can of tomato sauce with 1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes. Stir the crushed tomatoes in at step 4.
  • My mom is known for eye-balling her measurements, so if you feel comfortable ignoring the measurements and adding all the spices to taste, go for it!

Directions

  1. In a large, cast-iron pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Simmer the onions until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until slightly brown.
  3. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Break the beef up into pebble-sized pieces and cook until brown. Be sure to evenly coat the beef in all the spices. Optional: drain beef to remove excess grease and transfer back to the pot.
  4. Stir in one can of tomato sauce and the tomato paste. Mix well.
  5. Stir in the second can of tomato sauce, along with more pepper, and the oregano. Mix well. 
  6. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes then taste. Add more salt, pepper, or oregano until the taste is to your liking. If needed, add the sugar to cut the acidity.
  7. Keep at a low simmer and stir occasionally until you’re ready to eat.

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