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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce for the Freezer

Save money and eat healthier when you make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. It’s easier than you think! We use it often with our favorite family meals.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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When you have kids with food allergies, you get used to cooking from scratch so you can control the ingredients. Even if you don’t have dietary restrictions, I encourage you to make your own foods.

That way, you can avoid the negatives of processed foods (high sodium, MSG, and corn syrup) and add nutrition where you can.

It’s very easy to add veggies to this Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, and you can use it as a base for vegetable-heavy meals like pizza or Vegetarian Ziti.

I usually double this recipe and end up with enough sauce to make multiple meals for the freezer (like baked ziti or stuffed shells).

Plus, there’s sauce for dinner that night and a little container’s worth for homemade pizza or calzones. It depends on the size of your family and how saucy you like your meals!

How to make homemade spaghetti sauce

Chop the onion and garlic, then saute in the bottom of a large sauce pot. If you’re using a crockpot, just add them directly to the crock.

Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. I let it cook long and slow on the stovetop for 1-2 hours. When I use a slow cooker, I set it to low for 4-6 hours. Just keep an eye on it so the sides don’t burn.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe - easy family meals

This recipe comes from my grandmother. My mom has the original recipe card with my Grandma Josie’s handwriting on it. So I have this post-it note with the recipe copied in my mom’s handwriting.

When I was little, my mom would make a huge pot of sauce on Sunday afternoon, and we’d eat from it for dinner that night. Then, throughout the week, we’d finish it off with pasta meals.

We don’t eat pasta that often nowadays, so I like to put the extra homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer for another night. I just let the sauce cool, then pour it into freezer bags. I use these bag holders to keep the bags upright, which makes it a lot less messy.

Other ways to save with homemade

If homemade spaghetti sauce is not your thing, there are plenty of other ways to save money by making your own versions of processed foods.

Yield: 14 servings

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 18 oz can tomato paste (or 3 small cans)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (to reduce acid)


Over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until softened.

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and water.

Reduce heat to low. Stir in seasonings, cover, and simmer 1-2 hours or until sauce is desired consistency.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

Nancy S.

Friday 5th of July 2013

Love making (and having on hand) homemade pasta sauce. I add a pureed sweet potato instead of the sugar--does the reducing acid job, adds fiber and nutrients all at once. I freeze it in bags, 2 cups each bag. (If you make sure the bags are lying flat while freezing, they're very easy to store)


Friday 12th of April 2013

Yum! I have never made spaghetti sauce, but this looks doable!


Friday 12th of April 2013

Very doable--I think it's easy enough for beginner cooks--which is what I was for a long time! I didn't start cooking until 12 years after I was married :)


Wednesday 10th of April 2013

This looks really yummy - and so much cheaper than buying a jar of sauce!

Theresa c

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

I don't buy the jarred stuff anymore either and I find if you simmer all day the flavor is so much better


Friday 12th of April 2013

I agree--I like to have this cooking while I'm doing other chores in the kitchen. Makes the house smell great!

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