Great Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Contest

The Great Spaghetti Sauce recipe contest chose these winners from 300 delicious spaghetti sauce entries, the winning sauce recipes are listed in this article.


| December 1991/January 1992


Learn who the winners of the Great Spaghetti Sauce recipe contest are and try out their spaghetti sauce recipes.

How do you pick the best of the best from among 300 mouth-watering spaghetti sauce recipes? First, you don’t cook them all, at least not on the stove. You cook them in your head: you go through the steps, imagine how the ingredients would taste together, draw upon every scrap of experience you have with herb combinations and cooking procedures. You go to bed at night after hours of reading recipes with a weird phantom aftertaste of tomato at the back of your tongue. You chop and stir in your dreams.

You group together recipes that are similar, and look for slight advantages of tastiness, or simplicity, or healthfulness (or pure delicious sinfulness). You set aside the ones that don’t give specific amounts, knowing even so that the cooks who submitted those are possibly the best cooks of all. You set aside the ones that start with a canned spaghetti sauce base like Prego or Contadina, even though some of your own best sauces have used just such shortcuts. You try not to get too sentimental over the ones that came from Mama’s Mama, because one can’t buy the secret ingredients of love and tradition at the store.

Finally, you just quit agonizing and make choices. Life, and spaghetti sauce contests, are not fair.

Spaghetti Sauce Recipes

Herbed Tomato Sauce Recipe 
Meatballs and Italian Sausage Sauce Recipe 
Heart-Healthy Tomato Sauce Recipe 
Puttanesca Spaghetti Sauce Recipe 
Buttery Herb Plum Tomato Sauce Recipe 
Indian Pasta Sauce Recipe 
Tomato Sauce with Orange and Basil Recipe 
Squid Pasta Sauce Recipe 
Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce Recipe 
No Cook Herb and Cheese Sauce Recipe 
Family Spaghetti Sauce Story
Green Tomato and Herb Sauce Recipe 
Roasted Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Recipe 
Summer Spaghetti with Gazpacho Sauce Recipe 

The Ins and Outs of Spaghetti Sauce Recipes

We received an overwhelming number of sauce recipes that were very, very close to identical: a can of peeled tomatoes, a smaller can of tomato puree, a smaller can of tomato paste. Onion, garlic, celery, pepper, maybe a carrot. Various amounts of dried oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme. Pinch of sugar. Bay leaf. This recipe is American goodness incarnate, comfort food at its best. We could make a monument to it, but not award an individual prize among all the similar entries. It would have amounted to drawing straws. So if that’s your kind of spaghetti sauce, you’ll just have to know in your heart that you are a Good Cook.





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