Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe for Canning

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


  • 14 lbs tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 green peppers – diced
  • 2 onions minced or diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons basil, chopped very small
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

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Start a large pot of water and bring to a boil, get a separate pan or very large bowl filled with iced cold water (add some ice cubes as well) ready in the sink, rinse off tomatoes and using a large slotted spoon carefully place tomatoes in the pot. Leave in for only 45 seconds to 1 minute. Immediately transfer to iced cold water in a separate pan. Remove skins (which should be easy to come off) and remove the core.

*NOTE* I added all my tomatoes to the boiling water but only added my larger tomatoes to the iced water because there was no way I was going to spend hours removing the skins off tons of cherry tomatoes.

Next, add tomatoes to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Heat up a large pot ( I used a large pasta pot) and add the olive oil and saute your onions, green peppers and garlic for about 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and all your seasonings, stir to combine well and let simmer for at least 60 minutes and if you have time simmer longer.

*NOTE* On my second batch of making sauce I drained out most of the juice after using the blender by using mesh strainers so the sauce wasn’t as watery.

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Now I have found online that everyone is different on how they do canning. Do note though, that when canning be safe about it. I always like being extra safe, better safe than sorry.

Before I even add anything to my canning jars I sterilize them by washing every piece well and then boiling the jars and lids for 10 minutes and carefully removing them with a jar lifter. Before they cool I add my mixture to the jars and leave about 1/2 inch on the top. Since I’m canning tomatoes I also add a tablespoon of lemon juice to each jar. I then make sure the rim and seal are clean.

I use a large stock pot for my jars and place them in hot water almost covering the jars and bring to a boil, once to a boil I let them boil for 40 minutes.

After the time is up I use my jar lifter again and carefully place my jars on potholders on my side board and let cool for 12-24 hours. During this time lids will pop as they seal. It’s pretty cool to hear them pop. 😉 If for any reason any of them did not seal just refrigerate until your ready to use it.

I was able to get 6 quart jars of sauce with my recipe.

So there you have it! A morning or afternoon of fun.

Do you have any homemade pasta sauce recipes? Please share them below. 😉



  • Eloise

    I love making pasta sauce using organic/fresh tomatoes from the garden, it’s the best! I must admit though, I’ve never canned foods before, so thank you for explaining is so well : )
    I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Farrah Less G.

    I’m saving it to my bookmark, I have so many tomatoes growing in my garden right now. I used it for salsa and tacos. I’ve been wanted to do the canning but I don’t know where to start. This is very helpful I can’t wait to start .

  • Jasmine Watts

    Great idea! I would love to try out this recipe in my kitchen!

  • Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    This is making me so hungry. I love homemade spaghetti sauce. I think I need to grow tomatoes next year just to do this.

  • Bites for Foodies

    I love making homemade pasta sauce…it is so easy to make and last forever if you can it!!

  • Mimi Green

    My grandmother was big into canning. I’ve never tried it but I’m inspired. This is serious business I had no idea, maybe I can give it a try on a much smaller scale. I’m fascinated by the process.

  • Angela Harris

    I have been talking about canning my sauce for the past few month, and here is this post. Just perfect. Thank you for sharing. I will be using this.

  • Jaclyn Anne

    Thank you for the sauce recipe and the step-by-step canning instructions I have never tried canning before because I had no idea how to, but it actually doesn’t seem so hard now thanks to this post 🙂

  • rika

    This sauce looks so fresh and tasty! I can’t wait to try this recipe

  • Bella

    This recipe looks fantastic! Homemade sauces really are the best, they turn regular spaghetti into something amazing.

  • Jenny

    Yum. Ill have to make some sauce with the tomatoes my mom gave me, but first, i want to make some salsa!

  • Nancy @ whispered inspirations

    Great recipe! Nothing like homemade pasta sauce! My neighbor makes his own sauce and gives us a couple jars. So delicious!

  • Jeanette

    I need to learn how to can so bad. A friend of mine does it all the time and watching her do it I know that if I did it I would totally burn myself. I need to hire somebody to care and all the stuff that I want to make LOL. This recipe looks delicious by the way.

  • lisa

    I have always wanted to can my own. I really need to try making and canning my own sauce. It would be so much cheaper and better!

  • Sarah Bailey

    What an easy way to make some home made spaghetti sauce. I am going to give this a try, because so many can, and I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. This post will help me!

  • Amanda Love

    It would be awesome to have one of these especially with the Holiday season coming up! I love the idea of having a homemade sauce instead of a store bought one!

  • Paula Schuck

    That looks so good! I’ve never tried doing any sort of tomato canning. I think I’ll have to plant a few more plants next year so I can make my own sauce.

  • Alli

    My mom and dad always had a huge garden and they would have an abundance of fresh tomatoes. They would give lots to family and friends and can a lot of them too. I miss those days. You just can’t beat fresh tomatoes.

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