When I first started out with a family I had to teach myself many things. Cooking was one of those things that I had to do “trial and error”.
When you have a family to cook for you have to develop standard dishes that they like and spaghetti seems to be the number one on the list. I worked on this recipe for about 3 years until I got it right.
I use a trio of tomato products to give the sauce the perfect consistency. That would be; stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. I also use spirits in my food and in spaghetti I use red wine.
If you have an objection to this, you can use Balsamic vinegar to give the same flavor and add a touch of sugar to balance the vinegar.
Please understand that the taste of Balsamic vinegar is very strong and where you would use a mini bottle of wine for this recipe, you will want to use 2-3 tablespoons of the vinegar.
Also you get what you pay for. About $8 is a good amount to pay for Balsamic. A little more than you would usually pay for but not too much. A good bottle can be as much as $100, so $8 is more than reasonable.