Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

J.Mohojo 0

"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."


55 m servings 122 cals
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Original recipe yields 20 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 9 Ratings


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 s...

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...

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 i...

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 ...

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 ...

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, g...

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.

Interesting recipe.

great way to stretch a jar of sauce when you have to. tasty, as long as you use a brand of sauce you like and of decent quality.