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Mom’s Best Spaghetti Sauce

Mom's Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe


A long, slow simmer of tomatoes, basil, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar and a pinch of baking soda yields a rich, dark sauce. Stir in Parmesan cheese and keep simmering. Let the flavors meld overnight, then serve with your favorite pasta.


  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 2 medium (2-1/2" dia)s onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pinches baking soda
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Mix together whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, mushrooms, onions, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, basil, and 1 pinch of baking soda in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 4 hours minimum.
  2. Stir in another pinch of baking soda; the sauce will foam. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and almost brown. Make sure to scrape the sides of the pan in to the sauce.
  3. After the sauce is fork consistency, stir in Parmesan cheese. Watch that the cheese does not burn. Taste sauce. If it is too tangy or acidic, add another pinch of baking soda and simmer another 1/2 hour.
  4. Cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, reheat and serve.

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Nutritional Information

Mom's Best Spaghetti Sauce

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 169.5
% Daily Value *
protein: 18 %
carbohydrates: 12 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 31 %
fat: 3 %
saturated fat: 3 %
cholesterol: 1 %
vitamin a iu: 40 %
niacin equivalents: 59 %
vitamin b6: 38 %
vitamin c: 81 %
folate: 13 %
calcium: 15 %
iron: 33 %
magnesium: 30 %
potassium: 49 %
sodium: 65 %
thiamin: 34 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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