Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

The Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe starts with fresh heirloom tomatoes from the garden.

Fall 2015

  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in Jars
    Making homemade spaghetti sauce is a great way to use up your surplus of heirloom tomatoes.
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  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in Jars

There are not many things more satisfying to farmers and gardeners alike than a kitchen pantry full of home-canned fruits and vegetables. By skipping the grocery store and using your own homegrown harvest you are not only saving money, but you are using a healthy alternative to store-bought, factory-canned ingredients. Make use of your summer’s bounty with this set of canning recipes from Capper’s Farmer.


• Heirloom tomatoes, unpeeled, cut into chunks
• Garlic cloves, sliced
• Chopped fresh parsley
• Chopped fresh basil
• Chopped fresh oregano
• Salt
• Lemon juice, optional


1. Fill a blender container three-quarters full with tomatoes. Add 1 clove sliced garlic, 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil and 2 tablespoons oregano. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large stockpot.

2. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, adding each batch to the stockpot.

3. Place the stockpot over medium heat and bring mixture to a simmer. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until sauce reaches desired consistency.

4. Ladle into jars (use hot, sterilized jars if using a water bath canner), leaving 1-inch headspace. Add 1 teaspoon salt to each quart jar or 1/2 teaspoon to each pint jar. (NOTE: If using low-acid or modern hybrid tomatoes, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to each jar to raise the acid level sufficiently to water bath can. This step is unnecessary if using a pressure canner.) 

5. Wipe rims of jars clean, then place boiled lids on jars and tighten bands fully.

6. To process in a pressure canner, process pints at 7 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes, or quarts at 12 pounds of pressure for 15 minutes. If using a water bath canner, process pints and quarts for 45 minutes.

Want more home-canning recipes?  Read Preserving and Canning Recipes for Garden Produce to get the most out of your harvest this year.