Family Savvy Spaghetti Sauce is my decade’s old family recipe that is easy, make-ahead, freezer-friendly, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
Family Savvy Spaghetti Sauce is my signature spaghetti sauce after decades of trying myriad recipes. This sauce is what my people~friends and family~know and love.
A gallon freezer ziploc of this spaghetti sauce is always in my freezer. I can make it last minute for unexpected company or take it to someone who needs a meal.
This recipe calls for a slow cooker, which is indispensible to achieving the texture, flavor, and complexity of this sauce. I’ve tried this recipe on the stovetop, and it never turns out the same. Low and slow are the way to go with this yummy sauce!
Slow cooker: I am such a “make & take” cook that I absolutely can’t live without this slow cooker with a lockable lid. As often as I take this sauce (or other slow cooked food) to the lake, beach or someone’s home, a lockable lid is a must-have feature for me.
Make ahead: This is the perfect dish to make ahead, freeze, and pull out for company. To freeze, make the recipe as written but omit the jarred spaghetti sauce. The recipe (without the jarred sauce) will just fill a freezer gallon ziploc.
To freeze: Allow sauce to cool for 30 minutes before transferring to a freezer gallon ziploc bag. Remove as much air from bag as possible, label and date the item, and place in the freezer.
To prepare from frozen: Thaw sauce or defrost, placing into a slow cooker. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce (we use Bertolli tomato basil) and some fresh parmesan. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
To serve: I most often serve this spaghetti sauce with pasta (and spaghetti squash pasta for low-carb friends), Johnny’s Great Caesar Garlic Bread and either this easy baby bleu salad or this Greek chopped salad. Best. Meal. Ever!!!
If you try this, I’d love to hear what you think! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!