Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is so complete of taste and it’s simple to make it in big batches for freezing or canning for simple homemade meals that are prepared ahead. 

Spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce.

My household likes it when we make homemade spaghetti sauce. Whenever we make it, it’s constantly a big double or triple batch to quickly freeze the leftovers. Spaghetti and meatballs is such a household preferred, we usually have actually frozen spaghetti sauce and meatballs in the freezer. It produces a fast and simple weeknight meal, and it’s quite incredible.

What are the very best tomatoes to utilize? 

The very best spaghetti sauce is used San Marzano tomatoes. San Marzano is a range of plum tomatoes. These tomatoes have a more powerful taste and are sweeter and less acidic. You can discover canned San Marzano tomatoes at your supermarket. The label ought to make it extremely apparent that the tomatoes are this range.

Can I make spaghetti sauce from entire tomatoes? 

If you wish to make spaghetti sauce totally from scratch utilizing entire tomatoes instead of canned, you’ll require to peel your tomatoes and eliminate the stems. The simplest method to peel tomatoes is to blanch them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes and after that right away position them into an ice bath. The skins can then be quickly gotten rid of. We likewise have a various dish for Fire Roasted Spaghetti Sauce.

What is the distinction in between marinara and spaghetti sauce?

Marinara and spaghetti sauce are somewhat various things. Both are tomato-based sauces. Marinara has extremely basic extra flavorings contributed to it like garlic, salt, and basil. Spaghetti sauce normally has extra components and spices like onion, fennel, parsley, and oregano.


We do not include hamburger to spaghetti sauce due to the fact that we generally serve it with meatballs. Nevertheless, you can constantly include hamburger to yours. You will want to add it in with your onions and cook thoroughly, then drain off any excess grease, or cook it separately and add to the sauce before serving.

Serving Suggestion:

We serve this spaghetti sauce up with Homemade Baked Meatballs. These meatballs are full of flavor and make the perfect companion to this sauce. They also freeze quite well so you can have a complete, from scratch homemade freezer meal waiting for those hectic nights.

Time Saving Tip:

Simmering a spaghetti sauce for a long time allows it to develop a lot of flavor. This recipe calls for 1-4 hours of simmering. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving it on the stove, simply transfer it all to a slow cooker and let it do all the simmering. Place it on high for 4-5 hours and you’ll have a well developed spaghetti sauce.

A ladle full of spaghetti sauce.

Freezer Instructions:

It’s really easy to freeze leftovers of this sauce for future use. Simply let the sauce cool and then ladle it into gallon sized ziploc bags. Our family of four requires four scoops so we only ladle four scoops into each of the bags. If you pay attention to how much your family eats, you can estimate what you’ll need pretty closely. Then you lay all of the bags on a baking sheet and pop it in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, you can rearrange them in my freezer however they fit best. When you are ready to eat, simply thaw and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Canning Instructions:

Sterilize 6 pint sized mason jars. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into each jar. Fill the jars with prepared spaghetti sauce, leaving 1/2 inch at the top. Place the lids and bands on the jars and secure tightly. Process in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, or see instructions above to store in the freezer. Reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

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A ladle full of spaghetti sauce.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is so full of taste and it’s easy to make it in large batches for freezing or canning for easy homemade meals that are prepared ahead.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion minced
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  • Heat a large pot on the stove over medium high heat. Add in olive oil and saute onion in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add in 5 cloves and saute another 30-60 seconds.

  • Pour in chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, fennel, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley. Bring to a simmer.

  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1-4 hours. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until the desired consistency is achieved, leaving it slightly chunky, or making it completely smooth.


This dish can be used in canning. For easy long term storage, cool and then place into several gallon sized resealable freezer bags. Lay flat on a pan and place in the freezer until solid. Thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the range to serve.

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 3g | Salt: 203mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.