The Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Made with Canned Tomatoes

The best spaghetti sauce made with canned tomatoes. Yes, canned tomatoes from the garden!

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The Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I could not find a homemade spaghetti sauce that I liked using our canned tomatoes.  So, I made up my own.  And I may be biased but this is the BEST spaghetti sauce recipe.  Seriously, I can’t wait to make it again.  It’s just too bad I made such a big batch that I won’t have to for awhile.

While this recipe uses canned tomatoes from our garden, you could substitute the quarts of canned tomatoes with stewed tomatoes from the store.  Tomatoes from the garden tend to have a sweeter taste in my opinion, so you may need a bit more sugar in the recipe if using store bought.

spaghetti sauce ingredients including canned tomatoes from the garden

This recipe became a bit of a trial and error until I got it just right. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!

Add to your Spaghetti recipe by adding some meatballs from this easy Meatball recipe. Or for another similar recipe you may enjoy this Spaghetti Pie recipe.

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Created by: Lynette Rice

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The Best Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Made with Canned Tomatoes

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Do you can your tomatoes from your garden?  This is the best spaghetti sauce using those tomatoes and other fresh ingredients like basil.


  • 3 quarts canned tomatoes
  • 24 oz tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in your sauce pan. Add the diced onion and peppers and saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the canned tomatoes and then all remaining ingredients.
  • Let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve over spaghetti noodles.


This makes a big batch that will feed a crowd. You can easily freeze the leftovers in a ziploc bag in the freezer to save for later.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1150mg | Potassium: 1346mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 6mg

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  1. Melissa Saturday says:

    Are you able to water bath can the sauce?

  2. Going to try this with ground beef and spaghetti squash.

    1. Lynette Rice says:

      Yum! Sounds delicious!

  3. Katherine says:

    My canned tomatoes are whole do I cut them up?

    1. Lynette Rice says:

      Yes, they will break down as you cook them but cutting them first will help.