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Learn the secret to good easy homemade spaghetti sauce! Use this easy recipe to make your own meatless spaghetti sauce as well as how to preserve it so your family can enjoy the taste of from-scratch spaghetti sauce all winter season.
Since 2015 my family has been working toward becoming more self-sufficient, and the food pantry is one of the first places we started. I looked at all the jars, bottles, and containers I was buying and made a list of items I wanted to learn how to make from scratch.
Then set out on learning “how to” – one food item or condiment 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, carrots, dill pickles, and more. In the first year, 2015, I purchased fresh produce from the local farmer’s market and Amish farm for canning.
By year two, I learned how to garden, and this allowed me to make even more healthy foods.
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 the herbs and spices needed for canning.
If you are new to gardening, you can start with growing simple herbs such as 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, coarse 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 Tbsp Lemon Juice – Per Quart Jar
RELATED: Also learn how to Freeze Fresh Basil
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 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 peel tomatoes easily can be seen here. To chop and puree tomatoes, I use this Hamilton Beach Food Processor. It works really well for what I do.
Then – Combine tomatoes and all ingredients into a large, heavy stockpot.
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 the top open, so it will allow juices to steam out. This will help your homemade spaghetti sauce to thicken.
How to Can Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
RELATED: Use “The Complete Beginners Guide To Home Canning” and get comfortable with home canning.
In hot jars, measure and add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to each jar.
Ladle hot spaghetti sauce into hot Mason jars leaving a 1/2 inch head-space.
Wipe the rim clean and place on it the flat lid and ring.
Place into water bath canner. Once all jars are filled and inside the canner, fill them with water at least 2 inches of water over the top of the jars. Process at a boil for 30 minutes.
Once time has expired, gently remove jars from the canner using a jar lifter, and place them on a towel on the counter. Allow them to cool for at least 12 hours undisturbed.
The next day, inspect the lids for proper seal. At this point, you can either remove the bands or leave them on.
I remove mine. I used to leave them on but found that many would rust and be unable to be used later. And, if a seal were to break, you will be able to know sooner rather than later.
Label and store on your canning shelves.
Some Final Thoughts:
Are you new to canning and not really sure about what you need or what to do? If so, I’ve written this Canning Guide for Beginners article just for you, and it includes a FREE printable as well.
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.
More Canning Recipes:
- Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe for Canning
- How to Can Whole Tomatoes
- Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe for Canning
- Hot Spicy Pickles Recipe
- Bread and Butter Pickles
- Home Canning Carrots
- Homemade Apple Butter
- Apple Pie Filling for Canning
- Easy Homemade Applesauce
- Homemade Dill Pickles
- Canning Green Beans
- Canning Homemade Tomato Juice
- 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- Dried Basil
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice for each jar
- Weigh out 18 pounds of fresh tomatoes, wash, core, peel, and puree
- In a large stock pot, combine pureed tomatoes and all ingredients - stir to mix well
- Cook on low to medium heat for at least 2 hours, stirring often. (cook until you have desired consistency)
- CANNING INSTRUCTIONS:
- Measure 2 tbsp of lemon juice and pour it into the bottom of each hot jar
- Ladle hot spaghetti sauce into a hot Mason jar leaving a 1/2-inch headspace
- Wipe the rim well to remove anything gotten on the rim
- Place on canning lid and ring - tighten to only "finger tight."
- Repeat until all jars are filled
- Place into a water bath canner, filled with water, 2 inches ABOVE jars.
- Process at a boil for 30 minutes
- Remove from the canner and place on a towel on the counter. Leave undisturbed for 12 hours. (Resist the temptation to tighten lids)
- 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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Dianne Hadorn is the owner of Hidden Springs Homestead nestled in the hills of East Tennessee. She is a Master Gardener and enjoys helping others learn how to grow and preserve their own food and sharing tips for living a more self-sufficient lifestyle.