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Classic Contadina Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 5 1/2 cups

A classic spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage or lean ground beef.


  1 lb Italian sausage (casings removed) or extra lean ground beef

  1 cup chopped onion

  1 tsp minced garlic

  1 can (28 oz.) Contadina® Crushed Tomatoes

  1 can (15 oz.) Contadina® Tomato Sauce

  1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

  1/2 tsp dried oregano or 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

  1/2 tsp dried basil or 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh basil

  1/2 tsp salt

  1/2 tsp sugar

  Cooked pasta

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1. Combine sausage, onion and garlic in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink inside, stirring to break up sausage.

2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano, basil, salt, sugar.

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, 30 minutes. Serve over hot cooked pasta.

VARIATIONS: To make Spicy, Creamy or Veggie Spaghetti Sauce, prepare recipe as directed above, except:

Spicy Spaghetti Sauce: Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. dried red pepper flakes in Step 2.

Creamy Spaghetti Sauce: Stir in 1/4 cup heavy cream after 30 minute simmer. Do not boil.

Veggie Spaghetti Sauce: Omit meat and add 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 cup diced carrots, 1/2 cup sliced celery, 1 can (15 oz.) white or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, in Step 1.