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Italian spaghetti topped with cheese, on a plate

Italian Spaghetti

Making Italian spaghetti is an easy way to bring the robust flavors of Italy to your cozy kitchen table in a satisfying family-friendly meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How Do I Make Italian Spaghetti, How To Make Italian Spaghetti, Italian Spaghetti, Italian Spaghetti Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 382kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, chopped


  • In a large pot, stir together the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, rosemary, bay leaf, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 2 hours.
  • Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions just to al dente. Drain well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water, and return to the pasta pot. While spaghetti is still hot, add 1/2 the sauce and toss to coat. Add more sauce as desired. If the sauce is too thick, thin with reserved pasta water. Turn pasta out onto a large serving platter, sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 15mg