There’s nothing like homemade spaghetti sauce. From the fresh flavor to the relaxing ritual of cooking something wholesome for yourself, it’s impossible for the jarred stuff to compete. Another benefit? Making sauce from scratch means you know exactly what’s going into it – and what isn’t. You can’t say the same for sauce bought off the shelf. If you’re ready to whip up some homemade sauce, here’s a recipe for heart-healthy spaghetti sauce in five steps.
It’s more work to use fresh tomatoes, but it’s worth it. We recommend Roma or San Marzano tomatoes, both of which are bursting with vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Start by boiling tomatoes for five minutes and allowing to cool. Then remove the skins and mash well, removing any seeds.
Include Virgin Olive Oil
For a heart-healthy and authentic sauce, use virgin olive oil. You’ll enjoy the hearty flavor and benefits like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and reduced saturated fat.
Add Plenty of Vegetables
Tomato sauce is incredibly versatile, and you can bulk up the flavor and health benefits with vegetables like zucchini and broccoli. In doing so, you’ll keep it low in carbs and calories while also adding a dose of essential vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms and black olives can also be classic additions that add bulk and flavor without the addition of meat.
Skip the Sugar
Choosing your tomatoes wisely means there’s no need to add sugar to your sauce. Fresh herbs can also bring out their natural sweetness – basil is always a good choice.
Or Come to La Famiglia!
If homemade sauce sounds good to you, come to La Famiglia in Reno for classic Italian made the old-fashioned way. We use high quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods for food that is flavorful and delicious. Come in, sit down, and let us serve you the kind of food that tastes like it took all day to cook!