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pasta with meatballs

Spaghetti Sauce Hack

A delicious alteration to store-bought spaghetti sauce to enrich and deepen the flavors.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 45 oz bottle Ragu spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mushrooms (+ vegetables of choice finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Cayenne powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese (optional)


  1. Optionally saute vegetables of choice in a sauce pan until golden, then add the jar of spaghetti sauce.

    Stir the seasonings into the spaghetti sauce on medium heat. Add a spoonful of cool water to a cup to dissolve the cornstarch in and add to the sauce. Stir until the cornstarch has finished thickening.

    Add any vegetarian meat substitute at this time. And if you are making this a vegetarian rather than vegan sauce, add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese at this point. Stir until everything is adequately warmed, and all elements are properly mixed. Serve hot over spaghetti noodles!