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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.