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Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

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"I never have enough sauce from just a jar alone. I also like the taste of fresh ingredients. I like to combine both in this recipe! The red wine makes all the difference. Serve on favorite noodles with mozzarella cheese and mushrooms on top."

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Original recipe makes 10 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Melt butter with olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir mushrooms in butter mixture until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup red wine; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the mushrooms are very dark and shrunken in size, about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef, yellow onion, diced tomatoes, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and garlic together until the beef is completely browned, about 10 minutes; season with oregano, basil, and rosemary. Stir 3/4 cup red wine and tomato paste into the beef mixture. Pour spaghetti sauce into the pot; stir. Return mixture to a simmer and continue cooking until the flavors blend, 10 to 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 22, 2013

What a great idea! The point of this recipe, as I understand it, is to up the flavor and freshness profile of sauce from a jar. Even a very good sauce from a jar is still going to taste like sauce from a jar.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2013

Zero point in this one. You are just making your own spaghetti sauce, esp if you increase the paste or add a can of crushed tomatoes. Unless you have your own garden (and many of us don't), it is more cost-effective to just buy a better jar of sauce!


9 Ratings

Sep 16, 2013

I omitted the butter and increased the olive oil (to be honest, I have used butter in a tomato-based sauce before and I did not like the end result). I left out the meat because I was using this sauce for a Baked Ravioli recipe. I also cut back on the rosemary a bit because it can be quite potent and I didn't want it overpowering the sauce. I also added a couple tablespoons of brown sugar. I let this simmer for a little over two hours. My jarred sauce was a more expensive quality and I used a good bottle of burgundy. VERY GOOD. You would have thought I cooked this from scratch!

Nov 28, 2014

I love the principal here and that's to take any jar of pasta sauce and doctor it to something approximating homemade. I used Tomato sauce instead of paste,added Italian seasoning and a bit of brown sugar to counter the acidity. As per another website, I also added a pat of butter at the very end - it's supposed to smooth out the sauce and help eliminate acidity. To put this recipe to a real test, I bought the store's cheapest pasta sauce. The end result is really great. The benefit of going this route rather than the 'totally from scratch' route, is a shorter cooking time, and, really, a more reliable end product. I would use this for company any time.

Jul 01, 2013

Understand that this spaghetti sauce only will be as good as the jar of pasta sauce that you use, and there is a fair amount of chopping and slicing involved. This just isn’t a quick weeknight meal where you brown some ground beef, add a jar of sauce, and then serve over some pasta. My husband bought a jar of Classico Basil and Tomato Pasta Sauce which has been sitting around collecting dust, so I decided to give this recipe a try. If you’re going to do this much prep work, you might as well use canned tomatoes (fresh would be even better) and make your own spaghetti sauce rather than using a jar of pasta sauce as the base. The recipe also doesn't tell you when to add the mushrooms that you've sautéed. We ate it, but I thought it was just ordinary and not tasty enough to justify all of the prep work and the fairly long of ingredients that you'd be using if you made your own spaghetti sauce. Sorry for the bad review, but this just didn't work for us.

Jul 23, 2015

My family loved it! I do make my own sauce from scratch and we do like that better but we all thought this was a great substitute for a quick weeknight dinner. I used some sauce I got on sale, got pre sliced mushrooms, garlic from a jar and dried minced onions so there was no chopping at all. got it cooking before I did the noodles so it had a little time to simmer and it turned out great. thanks for the idea!

Nov 29, 2014

Kind of labor intensive. Although it is good it takes almost the same amount of time to make it home made. I was looking for something simple and this really wasn't it.

Jul 02, 2014

Interesting recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 122 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 5.7 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 251 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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