My sister-in-law gave me this great recipe a few years ago and after making it once, my family has never wanted me to buy spaghetti sauce again! I have tweaked it a little from the original version to suit our family’s tastes. This is one recipe that EVERY person in our family loves so when I make this sauce, I need to be sure to make at least a quart for each week of the year. I also use this spaghetti sauce for lasagna and as a ravioli sauce.
This recipe is easy to make and once you’ve done it a few times, you will probably dump ingredients in without following the recipe “exactly” just like I do. Another benefit of this spaghetti sauce recipe is that if you don’t can, you can put the spaghetti sauce into quart size freezer bags once it is cool and freeze it instead of water bath canning! (I prefer to can it because there isn’t the risk of it getting freezer burnt. (Plus our freezer is always full!)
Here is the recipe:
1 Cup Salad Oil
3 Medium Onions, Diced
4 Medium Garlic Cloves, Minced
16 cups of Prepared Tomatoes (Peeled & Diced- I chop mine in the blender after peeling to keep it simple)
4- 12 Ounce Cans Tomato Paste (I usually omit the Tomato paste from the recipe and add one 12 ounce can to each quart jar of sauce when I use it in a recipe)
4 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
4 Tbsp. Oregano Leaves
4 Tbsp. Canning Salt
4 Tbsp. Sweet Basil
6 Bay Leaves
1 Cup Sugar *
1 to 2 Tsp Pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients in a large roaster form your spaghetti sauce and roast for 2-3 hours (stirring occasionally). I like to roast mine for 5-6 hours because it gets thicker the longer you roast it. Take out the bay leaves. Place in hot jars and water bath. Makes ~8 quarts but will depend on how long you roast the spaghetti sauce and if you add the tomato paste.
*I always add a little more sugar when I make spaghetti or use in lasagna because my family likes a “sweeter” sauce.
Brittany at Equipping Godly Women says
I keep wanting to try making more things from scratch, and I keep never getting around to it! This looks like a great recipe to try though! Thanks for sharing at Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!
Brittany, it’s very time consuming but everything I’ve tried so far has been loved by the family. 🙂
Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health says
I have not tried making my own spaghetti sauce, but I would like to try it. Pinning this recipe for later 🙂
Dawn, you TOTALLY should try it! 🙂 I’m going to have to check out your alfredo sauce recipe!
Thanks for the recipe, Jenny! This past summer I started canning for the first time. It is so fun! So far, I have only made jam and applesauce. I can’t wait to try this.
I hope you love it as much as we do! I am kind of a newbie to canning, too. It’s been a great thing to learn!
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Pinning to my canning board! Love the recipe. Hope I can try it sometime. Thanks for sharing it at the party @DearCreatives Hope to see you again Friday!
I have been thinking of getting a pressure cooker for canning – after seeing this I think I need to. I always make my own sauce from scratch and it would be nice to have some in the pantry in jars ready to use. What kind of pressure cooker do you use? I have a friend who cans a lot and I am going to ask her what she uses and also tell her about your recipe.
Kimberlee, I just use a water bath canner for the spaghetti sauce, not a pressure canner. This is the one I have on Amazon Granite Ware 0707-1 Steel/Porcelain Water-Bath Canner with Rack, 21.5-Quart, Black
(affiliate link) It’s $18. I paid closer to $30 at Menards because I needed one before I’d get it from Amazon. It works great. I hope you give canning a try- it’s hard work but it’s really rewarding to be eating out of your own pantry 🙂
Lou Ann says
How long do you process in the water bath?
Hi, Lou Ann! I’m sorry I missed your comment until now (it went to spam). I water bath for around 45 minutes. I’m not in high altitude! Hope that helps and thanks for being patient! 🙂
Hi Jenny! I just want to ask permission to use your photo of your own spaghetti sauce because i do have also my own version of spaghetti sauce and I want it to resell it like on your photo. Im hoping for your reply thanks!
I’m sorry my policy does not allow usage of photos for commercial use. I suggest you take your own photo and edit with picmonkey. Thank yoU