Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce

*dairy free*

As I venture into this journey of discovering a love for my kitchen, I have a major confession: I DESPISE spaghetti. I’m not sure if this has to do with my aversion to tomatoes or the fact that spaghetti was over-served in my vegan household as a child. But one thing is for sure, my husband and future children will be quite deprived of this meal because I’ve never once, nor will I ever make it (willingly that is). Despite this fact, I want to share with all of you an amazing spaghetti sauce recipe…or so everyone says.


  • 2 yellow onions
  • 10-14 cloves crushed garlic (yup you read that right)
  • 1 C chopped mushrooms
  • 3/4 C olive oil
  • 3-28oz cans crushed tomatoes (according to my dad, this is the key ingredient)
  • 2 T dried basil
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 2 T oregano
  • 1 ½ t salt
  • 2 t pepper
  • 1 t anise seed
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 C chopped mushrooms


  1. Chop onion and mince garlic.
  2. Sauté onion + garlic + mushrooms in 3/4 C olive oil until onion is translucent 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and slowly bring to simmer and let cook for 30 minutes – 1hour.
  4. Serve over your choice of noodles!

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