Basil Spaghetti Sauce

The biggest problem in my marriage . . not to air our dirty laundry . . but this is a huge problem . . except when there are fresh Roma tomatoes in the garden.  Our most serious problem:  Vince loves spaghetti with red sauce and I do not like red sauce.  Do not like it at all!  Growing up, his family had spaghetti every Sunday.  We do that pretty often . . almost every Sunday . . sometimes.  He loves the thick red sauce with all the spices . . including oregano . . which I also don’t like!

Our problems were solved when I came across this recipe.  Oh, how I love this spaghetti and Vince loves it too.

Spaghetti Sauce

This is the easiest recipe but it does require about 25 perfectly ripe Roma tomatoes . . the perfectly perfect tomatoes that I can never buy in the grocery store and can only get out of my garden.  Canned tomatoes will work but not as perfectly perfect as fresh picked Romas . . oh, this is such a good recipe.


The recipe calls for straining the oil and adding it to the sauce but we drizzle the oil over our spaghetti in the boil and stir it up.  We also use the oil for bread dipping.

It was another meatless dinner and it was just right on a hot summer evening.


Crusty Bread
Basil/Mozzarella/Tomato Salad
Scarpetta’s Spaghetti Sauce



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    Katie says

    Yum! I used to make sauce from scratch all the time. I should get back to it now that my work hours have settled.

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    Debi McIntosh says

    Okay Judy – I’m not that bright at 6.30 am – just found the recipe – yum!

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    AngieG9 says

    Had to go thru a few links, but I found the recipe. Looks good. I’ve made my own sauce for several years, since Univelever took over Ragu and stopped giving sauce to the employees (my son), so I just fill my crock pot with ingredients I have on hand that strike my fancy at the moment and let it simmer all night. By morning I feel like I need pasta for breakfast, but I usually manage to can a few small jars for later. It’s a good way to use up veggies that might otherwise go bad on me before I have a chance to use them up. Don’t really care for meat sauce, just red sauce with lots of veggies in it.

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    Diana says

    We make a sauce with just romas, onions, garlic. I like to use romas and also cherry tomatoes freshly picked.. YUMMY ~ cook em down and then add the spaghetti … add a piece of chicken with bread and a dipping sauce .. Heavenly

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    Mel Meister says

    I’m not fond of Scott Connant. I took a look at the recipe and it sure looks “fussy”. What do you do to make it easier?