Grandma Ruth’s Spaghetti Sauce

Meet my Grandma Ruth…a woman with an amazing gift of hospitality. I am so grateful to have her in my life …she has taught me much and I love her to pieces.
Of all the recipes that I adore of my Grandma’s, this is the one I cherish the most. The green pepper and celery that is added to the sauce adds the most delicious flavor. Let it simmer on the stove all day long and your house will smell like a bistro by dinner time!
My very worn recipe card from my grandma…she wrote this down for me 10 years ago.
Puree, Sauce, Paste, Parmesan Cheese, Sugar, Celery Stalk, Green Pepper, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Parsley, Water, (I add a dash of cinnamon to mine)*Notice the sun has not completely risen yet…it is best to make this in the morning so the flavors brew all day.
Add all ingredients to a large pot
Stir well and turn stove burner to medium heat 
Let simmer all day 
It’s ready! 
Another delicious meal!

Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce

 

1 28 oz can of tomato puree
2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 small tomato paste
2 15 oz cans of water
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp of sugar (I add a little more and a tsp of cinnamon)
2 tsp garlic powder (or more to your liking)
1 tsp pepper
½ green pepper cut in half and placed in sauce, not cut up
1 stalk celery placed in sauce, not cut up
combine all ingredients and let simmer all day!
Enjoy!
~Janelle

 

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  1. I used to have a Grandma Ruth too :) How sweet of your Grandma to let you share her recipe! Looks delicious!! Would a crockpot have the same effect as the big pot?

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  2. happy thanksgiving to all…my mums grandfater was italian and our sauce is made the same as auntie ruths..(but like you i add something extra) from time to time..whats the word????..i comfortize it. you sure know how to make mashed potatoes the irish way..BUTTER BUTTER BUTTER and milk …a pure indulgence.enjoy..
    god bless
    mia

  3. Sonya Schroeder says:

    Oh my Janelle this sounds so yummy that i want to go and make now… Ill put the recipe up for another time….. I am so glad you are here… I get to live through you!!! Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo (sorry my first post was posted under mu hubby account, Jay)

  4. Darlene Schacht says:

    This is so awesome. I wish I could have cooked with my grandma, but she wasn't the mothering type. I did have a grandma in-law though, and she taught me to make pie crust. I loved her so much.

  5. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Sonya, you will have to tell me how your family likes it! Darlene…oh a woman who knows how to make good pie crust, that is a good woman to know!!! I am glad God put her into your life :)

  6. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Mia- I like butter too much! haha!! Chels- you may put this in a crockpot, yes!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Can this sauce be frozen? -Courtney

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Courtney, Yes!

  9. This looks and sounds delicious!! I can’t wait to make it! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  10. Hi Janelle! I just walked away from the sauce, I know it’s late in the day, but I hope to get a good 5 hours of blending. The sauce looks great from your picture but as I was looking at the recipe, it’s almost prep free! That is so helpful when us moms are busy AND it’s so inexpensive. Many of the items I already had, just had to run out and get a pepper. I am going to look for a meatball recipe next! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I can’t wait to make this! I do have one question. What do you do with the pepper and celery after it simmers all day. Do you take them out at the end or puree them with a hand blender into the sauce? Any input would be great.
    PS: I made your chicken fried rice a few days ago and my son who hates chinese could not get enough of this rice. We ate it for three days because I added too much jasmine rice-my fault so we had an abundance of rice. But it was so delicious!!! Next time I will follow the recipe exactly!!!

  12. Thank you for sharing this. We go through so much pasta sauce and this looks cheaper to make than buying it in a jar and look so much more yummy.

  13. I saw that someone asked if this can be frozen can it also be canned?

  14. Elizabeth says:

    So I just put this all together to use for your Lasagna recipe! :)

    I have it at medium high right now, & covered. Do I leave it on that (medium high) for a few hours? Or do I turn it down to low to simmer??

    Thanks so much! I think this will be a favorite recipe of mine! I loooove how easy it is to make!!! :)

  15. Hey,
    I just can’t figure out how to get the book “Comfy in the Kitchen” on Thanksgiving Day.
    I try and try, but blank screens come up when I click on the part to order. Can you help me?
    I’m your newest fan. The title caught my eye on FB one day, because I have NEVER felt COMFY in the KITCHEN!!! But now I’m trying out all these new recipes and loving it!! Thanks so much!

  16. I made this spaghetti sauce over the weekend to serve with your meatball recipe. I enjoyed the meatballs, but must say this sauce was very bland for my tastes. I like a sauce that is much thicker and spicier. I have enjoyed other of your recipes and appreciate your sharing.

  17. Making this sauce right now along with Grandma Ruth’s Meatballs, it smells soooo good can’t wait to taste it! By the wayI love your blog it’s so inspiring :)

  18. My grandma– Judy– used to make a killer spaghetti sauce, but she would always tell me to ‘watch’ when she cooked it and refused to give a concrete recipe with any measurements. After she died back in March ’11, I’ve been passively scouring the Internet in search of something like her sauce. This is the first one I’ve come across that looks to include the same ingredients as her “recipe” did, and I’m making it as we speak (or rather– as I type). I’ve yet to try it, but it smells fabulous. Great job!

  19. Samantha says:

    So I started this sauce this morning around 8am with my 2 1/2 yr old son who loves to help mommy cook. We’ve been trying it thru out the day to see if it needs any adjusting and it hasn’t! It’s perfect in fact my lil guy asked me to give him noddles and some sauce right now before dinner tonight when I pair it with the lasagna! Looks like this recipe is a new family keeper! Thank you so much!

  20. Can I cook this in a crock pot all day while I am at work?

  21. I couldn’t wait to try your sauce. It is very similar to my Mom’s, but different enough that I wanted to try it. I kinda combined the 2 recipes into one. It is simmering now and smells so delicious. I don’t remember how I recently found your blog…probably something to do with cupcakes…but I’m glad I did. I’m making your lasagna tonight for Valentine’s Day (red dinner, as you suggested). My gift to my husband is that he doesn’t have to take me out to dinner tonight! We will go out for a nice meal tomorrow with much less pressure instead. Thanks for the recipes, and I can hardly wait for dinner!

    Oh, and my Mom always says to quarter a raw potato and throw it in the sauce, and if you have a leftover (cooked) pork chop…throw that in also for a little extra flavor!

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  2. [...] Grandma Ruth’s Spaghetti Sauce-I made this around 8am. It takes very little time to prepare, but I like to have it simmer on low all day on the stove. The flavors mix so much better that way. Plus, I wouldn’t be Italian if I didn’t make sauce early in the morning, now would I? I have to “represent”. The smell of this sauce reminds me of my Grandma’s house. [...]

  3. [...] Grandma Ruth’s Spaghetti Sauce-I made this around 8am. It takes very little time to prepare, but I like to have it simmer on low all day on the stove. The flavors mix so much better that way. Plus, I wouldn’t be Italian if I didn’t make sauce early in the morning, now would I? I have to “represent”. The smell of this sauce reminds me of my Grandma’s house. [...]

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