This is my go to spaghetti sauce recipe in case we run out of the brand I like. I admit that I’m not a sauce snob by any means, but I do love a great convenience recipe that’s ready in a flash. This fits the bill!
If you have visions of seeding fresh, plump sun-ripened tomatoes and slow simmering them with fresh herbs all day, then this is really not the recipe you’re looking for. This is three things, tossed in a jar and shaken up in less than thirty seconds, because that’s how I roll some days. Like today.
Let’s make this!
Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
The first ingredient you want is a good quality tomato sauce, like this organic Kirkland’s Tomato Sauce from Costco (affiliate link). According to this blogger, she contacted Costco, and states that the Kirkland brand is in BPA free cans, and Costco says so here for their diced tomatoes. So it’s a really great pick at a great price. I keep a box of these beauties on hand for making tomato soup and sauces. (See notes on added sugar on printable recipe)
The second ingredient I use is a good Italian spice blend. I use my Greek spice blend that I keep mixed up at all times…it’s close enough to Italian flavors. 🙂
The third ingredient is garlic powder.
Toss all 3 of these together in a jar and shake! Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt and pepper if you like. You can also toss in other add ins as well if you want to get fancy. My son likes to add parmesan cheese to create a cheesy pasta sauce.[bctt tweet=”Toss all 3 of these together in a jar and shake! #spaghettisauce #recipe #gwensnest”]
We have used this to make a basic spaghetti, or for putting together dishes that call for marinara sauce. We’ve also used it for pizza sauce and meatball sub type creations. I get no complaints! If you want a full jar, the equivalent of a normal jar of marinara sauce, I’d double this recipe and use 2 cans of tomato sauce.
Here’s your printable spaghetti sauce recipe
- 1 15 oz. can of good quality tomato sauce
- ½ to 1 teaspoon of Italian or Greek seasoning blend (I love & use the recipe on my blog)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons powdered or finely chopped parmesan cheese, optional
- salt & pepper to taste, optional
- Add all ingredients to a glass jar or bowl.
- Add lid and shake to blend, or stir until well blended.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Cheese, hot pepper flakes, mushroom cubes, browned meat, etc. can be added to create any flavors you prefer.
If you're watching sugar/carb intake:
The Kirkland's Organic brand I use has 35 total carbs for the can with 7 fibers, so 28 net carbs for the entire can. Or 4 net carbs per ¼ cup serving.
No sugar added tomato sauce on the other hand contain around 30 carbs and 15 fibers, which is 15 carbs for the whole can, and around 2 carbs per serving.
For the total can, no-sugar is 165 vs 175 calories. All things being equal, that means there's a little over ½ of a teaspoon of sugar added to the Kirkland's brand that I use. That's around 2.3 grams of carbs, or 10 calories worth in the *whole can*. This adds zero carbs per serving and about 1.4 calories per serving. The rest are the naturally occurring sugars in the tomatoes. I can live with that. But if you're super careful with sugar then look for a sauce that doesn't have sugar added.
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I was looking for so long for a recipe that uses canned tomato sauce because I have a ton of those Kirkland cans at home. This was delicious!! I made it once without the parmesan and once with, it makes a big difference. Thank you!!
Gwen Brown says
Wonderful! Thanks for the feedback, Nicole!
Thank you for this recipe!! Using an All Purpose Seasoning herb blend I did my own riff on it and the sauce tasted AMAZING on top of some gluten free cheese ravioli. 🙂 Bookmarked for future inspiration.
Gwen Brown says
You’re so welcome! I love how versatile this simple sauce is. Enjoy! 🙂