I need recommendations for a jarred spaghetti sauce available in the Midwest USA (Chicagoland). I don't have time nor, know how to, make homemade sauce. I thought I'd start with a good premade sauce and "doctor" it up.
IMO, there is no such thing as a good canned spaghetti sauce. Making a sauce from scratch is so easy I cannot imagine why one would use a canned/bottled sauce.
I always keep canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste on hand in my cupboard. Saute some chopped onion, garlic, basil, oregano, pepper, salt, bay leaf, touch of allspice, red pepper flakes all together to marry the flavours. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and pureed tomatoes. Add just a level spoon of sugar to cut the acidity in the tomatoes and simmer. To this can be added sauteed hamburger for a meat sauce or make meatballs, brown the meatballs and add to the sauce for a meatball sauce. I love to make my sauce the night before and let it simmer for at least 3-4 hours. I've been told my sauce is the best by a lot of people so I must be on to something good.