Mom's Best Spaghetti Sauce

A long, slow simmer of tomatoes, basil, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar and a pinch of baking soda yields a rich, dark sauce. Stir in Parmesan cheese and keep simmering. Let the flavors meld overnight, then serve with your favorite pasta.

Mix together whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, mushrooms, onions, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, basil, and 1 pinch of baking soda in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring....


  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pinches baking soda
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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