Take Your Spaghetti to the Next Level with this Surprising Ingredient

Take Your Spaghetti to the Next Level with this Surprising Ingredient

This spaghetti sauce recipe has been passed down through generations of southern women in my family, and it is AMAZING.  Like all delicious southern recipes, it’s probably not on your diet plan, but once you taste it, you won’t care.  This recipe takes a simple weeknight meal to the next level with the “secret” ingredient:

BROWN SUGAR.

As the sauce simmers the sugars caramelize and create layers of savory flavor.  Make this once and you’ll never go back to “regular” spaghetti sauce.  

  • Prep time:  5 min
  • Cook time:  1 hour
  • Serves 4

Ingredients:

Take Your Spaghetti to the Next Level with this Surprising Ingredient
  • ¼ cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • ⅔ cup boiling water
  • ¾ tsp oregano
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups shell pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef (optional)

Directions:

  1. Saute onion and parsley flakes in oil until tender
  2. Dissolve bouillon cube in boiling water.
  3. Add oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar, and bay leaf to the onion mixture.
  4. Add bouillon and mix until combined.
  5. Add tomato paste and diced tomatoes and mix well.
  6. Cover and simmer on med-low heat for 45 min-1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  8. About 15 min before sauce is finished, boil your pasta and brown your ground beef.  I prefer to layer the beef onto my pasta, but you can mix it into the sauce if desired.
saute onions and parsley until tender

saute onions and parsley until tender

add dry ingredients

add dry ingredients

add tomatoes and simmer 45 min-1 hour

add tomatoes and simmer 45 min-1 hour

There you have it, friends.  If you make the sauce, comment below and tell me what you thought!  It’s definitely an interesting twist on a classic.