Baked Spaghetti Sauce

  • Preparation 20 MIN
    Cooking 40 MIN
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 4 cups (1 litre)
  • Freezes
When you’re throwing a party, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll eat the day after. To thank her holiday hosts and hostesses, Kareen, our Test Kitchen director, prepares really useful thank-you gifts, like spaghetti sauce (super-easy to make), pasta and a block of Parmesan. When suppertime rolls around the day after the big party, the hosts can just relax, unwind and pour themselves a glass of wine.



  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the meat in 1 tbsp (15 ml) of the oil, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until browned. Season with salt, pepper and the dried herbs. Stir well. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in an ovenproof saucepan over medium heat, soften the onion and carrot in the remaining oil (1 tbsp / 15 ml). Sprinkle with the flour and cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Add the broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the cooked ground meat to the sauce and stir in the garlic.
  4. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Adjust the seasoning. Let cool.
  5. Serve with pasta or transfer into a 4-cup (1 litre) jar and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Healthy Pick

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