Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RECIPE: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (RAGU COPYCAT)

Remember a few weeks back when I posted about the Braised Beef & Tortellini (Olive Garden's Copycat recipe) I found. If you don't remember, check it out HERE.
Well ever since I have been on the hunt for recipes of stuff we LOVE that I can make homemade. Well spaghetti sauce is something I use all the time. I have several recipes that call for it, as well as I use it as pizza sauce in a bind. Our family has always been more fond of Ragu then any other.
So I went on a little Google search and found this recipe
I did tweak it a bit, but I have to say, my family couldn't even tell the difference. It tasted so much like Ragu, it wasn't until after we were done eating that I let them know I made it homemade. (they were definitely surprised!)
Now this gives me such a warm & cozy feeling inside, knowing full well, each & every ingredient that we are eating. And with all the stuff they put in things these days, I will definitely be looking for more homemade alternatives in the future. I will try and keep you guys updated on all the WONDERFUL recipes I find.

Sorry I forgot to take a photo of it,
so I used this one from Flickr. :)

So without further ado, the recipe (which I tweaked a bit):


29 oz can of tomato sauce

14.5 oz can of Canned Italian Diced Tomatoes

4 oz can of sliced mushrooms

5 teas of granulated sugar

1 Tbls of olive oil

1 Tbls. each of grated Parmesan & Romano cheese.

1 teas of dried basil

1/2 teas of dried parsley

3 medium garlic cloves chopped fine
1/8 teas of black pepper

1 bay leaf

In a sauce pan combine all ingredients & simmer for 20 minutes. *Simmer on a very very low flame otherwise you will scorch your pot. Simmer uncovered or partially uncovered to help it reach the desired thickness. When stirring, do not use a aluminum spoon, use a wooden spoon.


Add just short of a 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I did!)
1/2 pound browned hamburger/turkey burger
(I made a half of batch with meat & half without as my kiddos don't like meat in the sauce)


Makes 3 cups of sauce


  1. You make me want to try this recipe! Thank you!

  2. gotta love home made sauce!! This recipe seems yummy!!

  3. THANK YOU for sharing this recipe. I am new to the sauce making scene and I really botched a batch of sauce a few nights ago ... it was inedible. We ended up going out to eat it was that bad. :)

    I will be sure to try this one ... just from the ingredients it looks lots tastier than what I made.

  4. This looks delicious!

    I work with AllFreeHolidayCrafts and have been trying to contact you. Please email me if there is a good way to reach you. Thanks!

    Adam Kaplan

  5. when you say Italian Diced Tomatoes do you mean the ones with garlic, basil etc already in them?


Thanks for the LOVE! I so enjoy hearing what you all have to say!