Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe -
Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce

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"This is one that was recited to me out of memory alone, and described as a hand of garlic, etc., though the ingredient quantities should be accurate. I encourage buying the cheapest versions of these ingredients you can find; it will feed an army for about $15 without ruining the taste. You should add more seasonings based on preference. A great vegetarian sauce, and with makes great meatball sandwiches."

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Original recipe makes 8 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic until translucent but not browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and basil, and cook and stir until the basil is wilted and the mushrooms are cooked through and have given up their juices, about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour in the whole peeled tomatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring and chopping the tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Pour in the tomato sauce and stir, crushing any large pieces of tomato left, and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer until slightly thickened and bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir the tomato paste into the sauce, and fill the empty tomato paste can with Merlot wine, stirring to dissolve any remaining tomato paste in the can. Pour the Merlot wine into the sauce, and stir well to combine. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, and stir in the salt, pepper, dried oregano, and sugar. Let the sauce simmer until the seasonings are blended and the sauce is heated through, about 3 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 11, 2009

mmmmm! this was delicious! I wanted to make spaghetti for dinner but I didn't want to use our same old sauce. This was fantastic. I will definitly make it again soon The only reason that it isn't 5 stars, is because i didn't use the same proportions. I added about three cups of mushrooms (which was actually a little less than I wanted) and I didn't use 3/4 cups of wine. I think I probably used about half a cup maybe less, and I think more might have been too much. But other than that: AWESOME. Thank you grandma Maggio for this great recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 18, 2012

I was super excited to make this sauce and followed the directions to the letter. While I did like the sauce, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give it a fair shot and waited for two days to review it. I know that often times, flavors need time to meld before the finished product can be judged fairly. This sauce is just okay but not worthy of five stars. I liked the flavor of the merlot wine -- it made a richer sauce. However, I think I will keep my original recipe handed down through my paternal Italian side of the family and add the merlot as a boost to the flavors.

Aug 17, 2009

Fantastico...Molto grazia. This was amazing and so easy.

Aug 06, 2010

Great, I will make this time and time again. I would change nothing.

Sep 11, 2011

Oh my goodness, this was FABULOUS! I unfortunately did not have the merlot (I had Lambrusco) nor did I have the amount of mushrooms (I only had 4oz canned) nor the amount of basil (my bush only had enough for 1/4 cup). Regardless of these 3 items, the other items required I did have on hand. Since I have cooked my own version of a sauce with the higher amounts of these items, I know how much BETTER this recipe would have been. I will make it again exactly as calls for, unless I prefer a lesser sweetness, but I found it quite enjoyable and a nice change form the standard type flavors. THIS SAUCE ROCKS!! Try it exactly as written, so you can get a great idea of the taste. Much thanks and appreciation for this wonderful keeper (at least in my family's cookbook) of a recipe. EDIT 09/11/2011 - To really make it special try adding the meatballs from 'lovestohost' - "Meatball Nirvana". Yowsa.

Aug 29, 2011

EXCELLENT!!!the only thing I did different was dried herbs,,fresh garlic,,doubled recipe,,on stove top for 24hrs on low with meatball from,,the recipe on site italian meatball,,and also had sausage,,melt in your mouth,,,,to me,,you have to leave cooking to inhance all flavors,,can,t just mix and serve,,if you want to do that,,go to grocery!

Feb 21, 2012

This sauce is simply amazing. The flavors are fantastic. Its thick and rich. DONT leave out the wine. Its a very important part of the finished product and will affect the flavor outcome. I will never buy jar sauce again.

Apr 01, 2010

my kids loved,and more importantly i loved it..using with meatballs made an extraordinary meal.I have some saved so will be having some again soon


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  • Calories
  • 114 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 935 mg
  • 37%

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

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