How to Make Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

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Wanting to learn how to make your own easy homemade spaghetti sauce?  Now you can!  Follow these simple instructions to make and can  homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes from scratch.  

Ingredients for homemade spaghetti sauce on a board. How to make easy homemade spaghetti sauce Hidden Springs Homestead

Since 2015 my family has been working toward becoming more self reliant and the food pantry is one the first places we started.  I took a look at all the jars, bottles and containers I was buying, made a list of items I wanted to learn how to make. 

And set out on learning how – one item at a time.  I did this to help offset the budget and to be able to have more healthy foods available in the house.  

Mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, pizza sauce, green beans, carrotspickles  and more.  The first year, 2015 I was purchasing fresh produce from the local farmers market and Amish farm for canning.

But in the second year, I decided to learn how to garden and this allowed me to make even more healthy foods for the family and our grocery budget was reduced by even more. 

I started out with simple thing such as growing carrots and green beans so I could can them myself.  Not only have I been able to save on the budget, our food just tastes so much better. 

So here’s my latest –  Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes.   Let’s get started….

What Are The Ingredients In Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes?

When I make my easy homemade spaghetti sauce, I use as many fresh ingredients as I can.  Since starting the garden in 2016, I do now grow most of my herbs and spices needed for canning. 

If you are new to gardening, you can start with growing simple herbs such  basil and oregano.  I did and have just continued to add each year.  

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Prep Time:  1 hour        Total time:   2 hours            Yield:  8 pints or 4 quarts


  • 18 lbs Fresh Tomatoes       (learn how to grow tomatoes)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cups Fresh Onions, chopped   
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp Oregano, crushed
  • 6 Bay Leaves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp Canning Salt – (non-iodized)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper, course ground
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Celery Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice – Per quart Jar

Cooking Directions:

First – Weigh out 18 pounds of homegrown tomatoes, I use this simple OXO scale I purchased.  It does only 5 lbs at a time, but I’m ok with this. 

You can purchase more expensive ones that will weigh more at a time, like this one that does up to 22 lbs.  But for now, mine works well. 

I just weigh 5 lbs at a time until I reach the weight I need for whatever I am canning.  

Next –  peel, core and puree tomatoes.  Peeling tomatoes is not difficult.  A super quick way to easily peel tomatoes can be seen here. To chop and puree tomatoes I use this Hamilton Beech Food Processor.  It works really well for what I do.  

Then – Combine tomatoes and all ingredients into a large heavy stock pot.

Dry ingredients in pureed tomatoes How to make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Scratch with Fresh Tomatoes

Cook on low to medium heat for about 2 hours, stirring often until you have the desired consistency you like.  Don’t cover your pot, leave top open so it will allow juices to steam out. This will help your homemade spaghetti sauce to thicken.  

Once sauce is to desired consistency, it’s time to put it into canning jars.  

How to Can Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

In hot jars, measure and add 2 tsp of lemon juice to each jar.  

Ladle hot spaghetti sauce into hot Mason jars leaving a 1/2 inch head-space.

Ladle of spaghetti sauce. How to make easy homemade spaghetti sauce Hidden Springs Homestead

Wipe rim clean and place on flat lid and jar ring.

Place into water bath canner.  Once all jars are filled and inside canner, fill with water least 2 inches of water over top of jars.  Process in a boil for 30 minutes.

Once time has expired, gently remove jars from canner using jar lifter, and place on a towel on counter.  Allow to cool for at least 12 hours undisturbed.  

Next day, inspect lids for proper seal.  At this point, you can either remove bands or leave them on.  (I leave mine on)

Label and store.   

Some Final Thoughts:  

Are you new to canning and not real sure about what you need or what to do.  Here is my Home Canning Guide For Beginners.  It’s filled with step by step instructions and images.  

Do you already can and preserve foods for your pantry?  Feel free to share what you can already.    Are you new to canning and not comfortable.  I’d be glad to help.  Reach out to me in the comment below and I’ll help you get started.  

Interested in more ways to become self reliant?  Take a look at the list of bloggers that are a part of the 2019 Self Reliance Challenge  



Yield: 4 quarts

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

This is an easy spaghetti sauce to make and can.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours


  • 18 lbs- Fresh Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp- Olive Oil
  • 4 cups- Fresh Onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves- Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp- Oregano, crushed
  • 6- Bay Leaves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp- Canning Salt
  • 1 Tbsp- Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp- Black Pepper, course ground
  • 1 Tsp- Red Peppers, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp- Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp- Dried Celery Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp- Dries Basil
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice for each jar


  1. Weigh out 18 pounds of fresh tomatoes, wash, core, peel and puree
  2. In a large stock pot, combine pureed tomatoes and all ingredients - stir to mix well
  3. Cook on low to medium heat for at least 2 hours, stirring often. (cook until have desired consistency)
  5. Measure 2 tsp of lemon juice and pour into the bottom of each hot jar
  6. Ladle hot spaghetti sauce into hot Mason jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace
  7. Wipe rim well to anything gotten on rim
  8. Place on canning lid and ring - tighten to only "finger tight"
  9. Repeat until all jars are filled
  10. Place into a water bath canner, filled with water, 2 inches ABOVE jars.
  11. Process at a boil for 30 minutes
  12. Remove from canner and place on towel on counter. Leave undisturbed for 12 hours. (Resist temptation to tighten lids)
  13. Next day, inspect lids for seal. Label and store.


  • Resist tightening lids after water bath if they are loose
  • You can either leave jar rings on or remove them after sealed properly.

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22 thoughts on “How to Make Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

  • January 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Don’t you have to add lemon juice to this for safety? I just want to be sure. Thanks!

    • January 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Norma, oh my goodness! Thank you for asking this question. I wrote this, proofed it, and simply overlooked lemon juice. YES, since you are water bathing, you DO NEED to use lemon juice. I put 2 tsp to a quart jar. I put in the bottom of the jar and then pour ladle in the hot sauce.

      If you prefer NOT to use lemon juice, you can opt to “pressure can” your sauce. Pressure canning is safe for low acidic foods. A lot of tomatoes no longer have a high enough pH level to be safely canned with just water bathing without adding an acidic amendment.

      I will edit my recipe. Thank you again for noticing this.
      Happy Canning,

  • January 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Homemade tomato sauce is one of my favorite things to can – both for our family to use and to give as gifts. I always manage to grow a ton of tomatoes so having a delicious and easy way to preserve them is always necessary.

    • January 4, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Tomatoes are probably one of my favorites to grow as well. And I’m with ya – I keep records in my journal and last season, I planted 52 plants and grew 14 bushels. I canned and used all of them. Tomatoes are a staple at our house. Thanks for reading.

  • January 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Your recipe looks similar to mine. Last summer, I only was able to can like 15 jars. Our tomato crop was so poor. I’m praying for a good year this time! I need at least 40-50 jars!

    • January 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Bethany, You sound a lot like us on your needs. Each year, I take time to figure up how much we need of each thing I can and then plant accordingly. I hate to hear your crop was poor last year. Hopefully this year it will do well. LOL, I think I over-did last year and planted 52 tomato plants. I ended up with 12 bushels of tomoatoes – I stocked up on canning for sure. Thanks for reading

  • December 31, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Homemade tomato sauce is one of the most important things we can here at my house! Spaghetti is our go-to we-don’t-know-what-else-to-make dinner, plus we use it on pizzas, soups, and cook it down even further for tomato paste. This is one of the best things to learn to do! Great post!

    • January 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Lacey. We love tomato sauce too. I have never tried making paste, but have a couple recipes that call for it and hate when I purchase it at the grocery. This is another one of the things on my list to learn how to make. Maybe you could share some pointers for getting it thick enough. I’d love the info

      Thanks for reading…

  • December 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    I really need to can more, and I love how easy this recipe sounds! When the tomatoes come in next year, I’ll be using it, so thank you for sharing it with us!

    • January 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Hello Heidi, you are so welcome. And yes, it is a super simple recipe. This is why I like it so well myself. Tastes wonderful and easy. It’s perfect!

  • December 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    You made that sound so easy. I thought spaghetti sauce involved boiling for hours on the stove before canning. One of my goals is to NOT eat all the fresh tomatoes so I can make sauce etc.

  • December 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I absolutely love making spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes! More people should do this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • December 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Sheri for reading. I love it too as well. Store bought stuff just does not taste good at all anymore.

  • December 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Your recipe sounds delicious! I love homemade sauce and having a pantry filled with your own sauce is wonderful!

    • December 30, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Ahhh Thank you Nancy. I am working on slowly replacing everything I can in the pantry with homemade. It’s saved us a ton on money since I started doing it. Thanks for reading

  • December 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Ooh this looks great! I have done lots of ingredient canning, but not a lot of meal canning. I do hope to get to those this year, because I love the idea of quick meals. I regularly can beans, carrots, chicken, ground beef, broth, tomatoes, and more.

    • December 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Kristi, You will do great with this recipe since you are already canning all the other good stuff. You are ahead of me for canning meat. I haven’t yet ventured into it. We do a whole beef every year, but it is in my freezer. I do intend on learning how to can broth. That’s one thing I still purchase at the grocery.

  • December 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks so much, this recipe looks easy enough that I could even do it!

    • December 29, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Shawna, I do hope you give it a try. It is super simple and the tastes is wonderful. If you try it, be sure to let me know.

  • December 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Canning spaghetti is always big our list every summer. Nothing like fresh homemade healthy canned food from our kitchens.

    • December 29, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Candy your are so right! It just tastes so much better than the kind from the grocery store.

  • December 28, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I haven’t bought spaghetti sauce in a long time! Love my homemade sauce 🙂
    This looks like a great recipe!


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