Grandma’s Home Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Pasta Recipe

Everyone has a “family spaghetti sauce recipe” here’s my Oma’s. Also included is her dill vinaigrette dressing which my cousins and I always just called “Oma dressing”

Pasta Sauce Isn’t Just Pasta Sauce, Here’s the Different Types You Should Be Aware of

What is Pasta Sauce?

Pasta and tomato sauce are a classic Italian dish. Let’s look into this dish and see what it consists of and how.

Pasta is served in many different ways with tomato pasta sauce, often specifically for any seafood dishes; this makes the flavors in seafood more satisfying. Pasta sauce is one of the most popular recipes because of its traditional, iconic taste; as if it is comforting or tastes exactly like home.

Pasta sauce is a type of culinary sauce that typically is served with pasta as an integral part of its dish. However, in some countries, such as the United States and China, it can also refer more specifically to only tomato and basil pasta sauces. Pasta sauces often combine sophisticated ingredients and recipes, but they can be quick and easy dishes to prepare.

Pasta sauce often starts with a sofrito consisting of octopus liquid or sugo d’octo (tomato);

Quick Tip!

olive oil or spaghetti olio (low-grade olive oil) which inhibits sticking; garlic cloves; prawns and bay leaves which infuse flavor into the water boil phase, and salt for taste enhancement purposes.

First, pork belly should be chopped; next fried in cooking oil until crispy

The Curious Case of Marinara Sauce and Traditional Spaghetti Sauce for an Insight into How It’s Different

Italian immigrants coming to new york end up spreading their culture not solely through the cooking communities, but also with the markets they use to sell their goods.

Many of those markets were one time churches, they were called Little Italys.

The Brooklyn Heights is an area claimed by Italians and I’ve researched that it had a lot of these little Italy churches gone markets.

I will research the history of these little Italy churches and one day I will interview a different vendors in this giant market as I explore this issue across neighborhoods.

Marinara might have originated with the Genovese immigrants to New York City in the 1850s. This story would start in 1905. Giovannie Baldo and N.B. Barber opened up cans of tomatoes in this factory at 25 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. All they had to do is combine it on a stove to create an cost-effective tomato sauce and sell it around Brooklyn as bottled spaghetti sauce to other retailers, such as pushcart peddlers who called themselves “sauce men.”

Tomatoes from Italy sustained this new culture forming together across the subway tracks from Park Slope where Cook County Hospital used to be which is now gone too. Back in the olden days, Italians immigrated because there were jobs for them at gas stations along Park Drives and Myrtle Avenue, railroads where they had livelihoods bringing goods from Long Island Cove to Italian markets across North Brooklyn, government jobs as teachers for underprivileged Italian communities as doctors – cooks

The Da Vinci of Spaghetti Sauces – Traditional vs Marinara

An Introduction to Juicy, Creamy, Saucy Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

Traditional spaghetti sauces are all cream based, with garlic added to provide a heavy flavor that strengthens the rich creaminess. Marinara sauces on the other hand, have a light tomato base (usually tomato-fruit puree) which cooks down to a rich red texture that is slightly tangy and very savoury.

According to Cooks Illustrated, key differences between marinara sauce and traditional spaghetti sauce:

  • Marinara has onion for savory flavors
  • Marinara contains caramelized fennel or onion scraps
  • Marinara’s ingredient list contains oregano, bay leaves, and basil; Traditional has basil
  • Marinara refers exclusively to cooked tomato sauce whereas spaghetti sauces can incorporate cooked tomatoes

Marinara originated in Genoa, Italy and it is a more basic sauce – so goes well with a variety of recipes. Traditional creamy garlic sauce is used mostly for pasta dishes and similarly is a heavier, soupy-type tomato-based sauce that closely resembles red sauce.

Traditional or classic spaghetti sauces are often cream heavy sauces which gets their flavor from heavy use of cast iron skillets, butter, olive oil and minced garlic. They tend to get lumpier because they are the product of heavy stirring with a whisk over very low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or stirring constantly with desired utensil (a wooden spoon or spatula) over medium heat for roughly 4-5 minutes

Specialized types of sauces can also provide different flavor profiles depending on the criteria that they are designed

Three Reasons Why I Love Tomato Pasta

For centuries, food has been front-and-center in the battle of envy among cultures. Italians will vigorously defend the superiority of their tomato pasta, while those from Bologna are known to loudly assert that cacio e pepe—a spicy cheese and pepper concoction enjoyed everywhere around Italy—tops any other Piedmont speciality.

Why is it that each culture thinks its traditional dish is superior? Partly because style can influence taste, but also because there may be something about a cuisine’s traditional dishes that speaks to us biologically. That certain tastes make us experience various emotions.

In this section I am going to be writing about three reasons why I love tomato pasta variations

  1. You Support The Local Economy
  2. Your Family Health Will Improve
  3. Prevention Of Tissue

Tomato pasta is good any time of the year. But, as Italy’s Fall arrives and the chilly night air slithers over my scalp, nothing warms my bones better than a steamy bowl of tomato pasta.

It may come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of tomato pasta. My love for this well-known Italian dish is practically immeasurable! It doesn’t matter if I’m eating out or preparing at home, chances are 10 out of 10 that I go for this staple dish in my kitchen. Now why am I such a devout believer in keeping tomatoes inside every inch of pasta?

Everyone has a “family spaghetti sauce recipe” here’s my Oma’s. Also included is her dill vinaigrette dressing which my cousins and I always just called “Oma dressing”
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: german
Servings: 5 serving
Calories: 425kcal


For The Sauce

  • 1 sauce bottle original ragu
  • 700 g ground beef
  • 1 onion large , chopped
  • 4 tomato vine ripened , diced medium
  • 2 carrot large diced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsps sugar
  • 3 beef bouillon
  • vegetable oil
  • spaghetti or ni

For The Salad

  • 3/4 iceberg lettuce head , torn
  • 1 onion small , diced
  • 6 tbsps vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsps water
  • 1 1/2 tsps sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsps dill fresh minced


  • For The Sauce heat oil on medium in a large sauce pot, add ground beef, break apart and season with pepper. Once some liquid forms add a bouillon cube. Continue to brown thoroughly.
  • Add onions and another bouillon cube, stir til cube has disintegrated.
  • Stir in tomatoes, carrots (if your're using them) the last bouillon cube and the sugar. Cover and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until the tomatoes have broken down and the amount of liquid in the pot has increased.
  • Stir in the ragu sauce. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and allow to simmer, covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Set your pasta water to boil and cook to package directions.
  • For The Salad Dressing In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients but the lettuce.
  • Put lettuce in a large salad bowl, toss with dressing just before serving.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5312IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4mg