Kittencal's Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce Starter (Freeze Option)

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Recipe: #12465

April 30, 2014

"This is the starter I usually use for a large pot of my pasta sauce. This starter is easy and takes little time, You can use half the starter (reducing amounts of canned tomatoes) and freeze the remaining half of starter to make another sauce at a later date, however if you want to use all the starter you will need three (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, and two (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, using a minimum 6-quart pot or larger because this makes a lot of sauce! When you make your sauce, please use a very good brand of Italian tomatoes, do not use a no-name brand, if you do the flavor will be reduced. After adding in the canned tomatoes, the sauce must simmer over low heat (after bring it to a light boil) for at least three hours, then cooled and refrigerated for one or more days before using, this will blend and intensify flavors"

Original is 1-2 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (1351.4 g)
  • Calories 1569.4
  • Total Fat - 94.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 25.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 444.5 mg
  • Sodium - 9497.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 71.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 18.8 g
  • Sugars - 20.4 g
  • Protein - 102.9 g
  • Calcium - 460.8 mg
  • Iron - 18.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 71.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 3.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a saucepan (use a 6-quart or larger if making the complete pasta sauce recipe) heat a small amount of oil. Add in sausage meat; cook stirring constantly over medium-high heat until browned. Remove to a bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Add in enough oil to coat the bottom of your pot. Heat oil, then add in onions, oregano and basil; cook stirring over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add in garlic and bay leaves; cook 3 minutes stirring constantly.

Step 3

Add in tomato paste; cook stirring 2 minutes.

Step 4

Add in the cooked sausage meat and the wine, salt, pepper flakes and pepper; bring to a light simmer, then simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 5

Use right away for a large pot of sauce or divide and freeze for smaller amount of sauce.

Step 6

When ready to use just defrost in the microwave or thaw in the fridge.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


This is a great sauce starter Kit!! I made the entire recipe but instead of using can tomatoes I used 6 pounds fresh plum tomatoes which I sliced in half, drizzled with olive oil and garlic powder then broiled to remove skins then simply tossed them with the starter. I also added diced celery and bell pepper which I cooked with the onions. I let this lightly simmer for a couple of hours and WOW was this good, I'm sure the neighbors could all smell this sauce simmering, mmmmmmm.


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(8 Feb 2017)

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