A fresh red spaghetti sauce

A fresh red spaghetti sauce


  • Italian sausage: 8 ounces
  • Onion: 1
  • Garlic cloves: 3
  • Tomatoes: 2 cans
  • Zucchini: 3-4
  • Mushrooms: 4
  • Carrots: 4
  • Sugar: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Parsley: 1/2 cup
  • Basil leaves: 10-15
  • Red wine: 1 cup


Being a home maker can be a quite a daunting task if you have never lifted a finger to do some housework for over 20 years like me. I know what this situation can feel like since this was exactly my situation around 5 years ago. I ended up marrying a guy that I feel in love with but about whom my parents (or even my in-laws) were not very excited about. The marriage was a decision that both of us took and it was something we both needed to work on. This was when the responsibility of being a homemaker fell upon me. Of course, my husband supported me fully but since he was a full time working professional while I was not, it automatically fell into my kitty.

I was excited to take on this new role but did not want to do the routine stuff everyday. So, I think what I ended up doing to keep things interesting for myself is the change that all the ladies and the gents who are into home making (willingly or otherwise) should bring in their own lives. Why do you have to cook something that has been what you have been eating for so many years at your parent’s home? I was searching for something easy to cook, something that lasts (so that I do not have to spend all my life in kitchen), something that was multipurpose, tasty and finally, which we both, I and my husband, equally enjoyed eating. I found the answer to this in different forms of the usual food that we eat.

On of the interesting answers though was the spaghetti sauce recipe that I have found very useful over time. Every few months, I spend time, making a few batches of this and I am all set for a quick spaghetti meal which we have enjoyed alone as well as with our group of friends. I have pretty much listed all the reasons why I like this spaghetti sauce recipe so much whereas for my husband since he comes from an Italian family, he was ecstatic to find that his wife (that he married in an instant) was also interested in learning about his tradition.

This is the most win-win situation that I have ever been I since I got married. Of course we have our differences at times but with this spaghetti sauce recipe, we forget our worldly cares and petty fights for some time and simply admire the gift of togetherness that we have found in each other.

Instructions for cooking:

  1. Place the chopped Italian sausage in a pan over medium heat. You will need to remove the grease from the Italian sausage. Upon heating you can change the pan to simply remove the excess of it.
  2. Once the excess grease has been removed (save a little in the pan to cook the remaining ingredients in it), add the garlic, onions and finally the green pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. To this mixture, add the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes have cooked slightly, add the wine, salt and sugar (you can also use honey for health benefits). Mix well after the addition of each ingredient. Use powdered sugar for best results.
  4. Let the mixture simmer for an hour on low heat.
  5. After a couple of minutes, add the basil leaves and the parsley along with the carrots (diced or grated), mushrooms and finally, the zucchini. You can add meatballs (after cooking) at this step. Simmering for another 10 minutes should do the trick here.

Your home made spaghetti sauce is ready to be served or stored. A serving tip for this recipe is to have crispy and crusty bread on the side. Although a simple addition, it does work wonders. If you have a side of bread and salad, then you have just cooked yourself a wonderful meal.