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Homemade Freezable Spaghetti Sauce

I started making my own spaghetti sauce using my mother-in-law’s recipe when I was first married. The fact that I could make inexpensive, homemade, freezable spaghetti sauce and serve it whenever I needed a quick dinner was a lifesaver. It’s even more of a lifesaver now with three kids!

Her recipe uses a store-bought seasoning mix, which tastes fantastic, but I wanted to create a similar-tasting spaghetti sauce recipe by using plain ‘ole spices.

This recipe makes about 20 cups of spaghetti sauce! I freeze it in four Ziploc bags with five cups of sauce in each bag. Each freezer bag is enough for our family of two adults and three kids with some leftover for lunches. There are so many reasons why this is one of the only freezer recipe you will need and here’s why:

  1. 37¢ per serving. Only 54¢ per serving with pasta!
  2. Freezable
  3. You can cook it in the slow cooker.
  4. No preservative-filled store-bought seasoning mixes or spaghetti sauces.

Homemade Freezable Spaghetti Sauce. Only .37 cents per serving and you can cook it in the slow cooker!

I will go into detail about how I came up with the per serving prices.

  • I did not account for the spices in this price because I am assuming you have most of these on hand.
  • I buy my ground beef and pork when it goes on sale for $1.99 per pound and I stock up and freeze it. Your area may not get down to those prices, but it is ideal to wait and see what the bottom dollar price for ground meat is in your area.
  • I did a little research and the consensus is a serving size of spaghetti sauce is about 1/2 cup. I think I use about 1/2 cup for my kids, but I like my sauce so I eat a little more.
  • I buy a 16 oz. box of pasta for about $1. The box says about 8 servings in a box, but I think that’s a super small serving. To be safe I just say six servings per box of pasta.

All of this considered, the serving size of this recipe with 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce being a serving, is about .37 cents. With pasta, it’s about .54 cents per person.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Seasoning. No preservative-filled mixes. Make your own!

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Makes about (40) 1/2 cup servings.

1 1/2 Tbls dried basil
1 1/2 tsp ground thyme
1 1/2 Tbls dried oregano
1 1/2  Tbls minced garlic
1 Tbls sugar
1 Tbls dried parsley
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 lbs ground beef
2 lbs ground pork
(1) 6.9 lb can of tomato sauce
(1) 12 oz can of tomato paste

  1. Brown the meat in a large stock pot over medium heat (I highly recommend a tool like this to break up the meat).
  2. Add the seasoning.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and paste.
  4. Cook on low for several hours or in a slow cooker.
  5. Let cool before you add the pasta to freezer bags. I put five cups of sauce per bag for our family of five, but this might be different for you.
  6. Freeze.
  7. To serve, I thaw the bag in the fridge overnight or if I’m in a rush, I run the bag under water for a bit before pouring the frozen sauce into a saucepan and re-heating on low.

Freezable Spaghetti Sauce. So good. So easy. The only freezer recipe you will need!


  1. For anyone that would like to can this….if you are doing it as a meat sauce it NEEDS to be Pressure Canned! (I see that someone water bathed it) Please go to http://nchfp.uga.edu/ for information on how to can this. What jar goes for what length of time….

    Please follow safe canning practices. We don’t want to make people sick or worse yet, have them die because it wasn’t done right.

  2. Michael Phillippi says:

    Any ideas on using tomatoes from the garden.

  3. This looks really good. But for those of you reading this please be careful if you decide to Candace and not freeze it. Because it is tomato based in tomatoes are acid you must use a pressure canner and not a water bath.

  4. This looks good. For those of you that may want to can this, you can not do it in a water bath canner because of the tomatoes you must pressure can. Please be careful. I’m an experienced scanner

  5. how long did you water bath can for?

  6. If I mix all the seasoning together as listed in the recipe, how much would I put with just 1 lb of hamburger?

  7. sharon beaber says:

    I looked it up and it is just 2 ounces over 6 #

  8. sharon beaber says:

    is the tom sauce a # 10 can?

  9. can you make this meatless

  10. Doris Anglin says:

    I made this spaghetti sauce today BUT I used 4 lbs 90% lean ground turkey AND I water-bath canned it in quart jars. It came out perfectly!’ Great flavor & texture. It made 5 quarts. Freezing wasn’t my choice because I might use some as gifts. My church sends meals to members who are sick or have had surgery. Canning will facilitate it not needing refrigeration. Thank you!! I am sure that I will make this great sauce often.

  11. Brigitte Howard says:

    This is very good spaghetti. I use fresh onions, garlic, bell pepper, celery and parsley….It turned out great….Thank you for posting!

  12. Colleen McClelland says:

    Looks great! I am sodium restricted because of heart failure so I can sub my potassium chloride salt and have a sauce that I can use.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made it today and it is delicious!

  14. It looks like you figured out what was wrong :) Yes, if you use the 6 lb can (often found at Costco or Walmart. Or use the equivalent) Your recipe should turn out right and make quite a few meals! Let me know when you try again!

  15. I found out what I did wrong I used I can of tomatoes sauce 15oz. Can I didn’t see the 6 lb. Can. But thank you for sharing this recipe it was good for almost running it.

  16. I made it today it good but I fallowed the recipe as directed and the sauce was so thick I had to add 1½ cups of water and It was enough for just one meal 1 box of noodle’s. I also put sauce in crock pot and it burned I had it onlow iI don’t know what I did wrong but this is a very tasty meal. Even though it had a hint of burnt. Thank you for posting the recipe hopefully I’ll have better luck making it

  17. Congrats to you ;) I hope you like the sauce!

  18. Katherine says:

    I’m a pregnant first-time mommy a month out from my due date. Thank you for this great recipe! It was so easy and it smells delicious (it’s simmering in a huge stock pot now.) I finally understand buying beef and tomato sauce in large quantities from Costco ;)

  19. I’ve kept it frozen for awhile- several months!

  20. Katherine says:

    How long does this keep in the freezer?

  21. Disregard, I re-read the comments and see that the question has, indeed, been answered. Sorry about that!

  22. Hi there! Someone else posted this question, but it doesn’t look like it’s been answered. The ingredients say “6.9 pound can” of tomato sauce. Is this a typo or is there a can of tomato sauce out there that huge? I’m sort of a newbie so I really have no idea. Thanks!

  23. I would try ground turkey with turkey or chicken sausage.

  24. My family is cutting out red meat in our diet. Would ground turkey taste okay?

  25. Walmart or Costco! I’m sure other places have them too They are like $2. Otherwise, just use several cans.

  26. This looks so yummy! BUT, where do you find a 6 pound can of tomato sauce? Is that a typo?

  27. Low, 6-8 hours.

  28. How long would you put this in the slow cooker for?

  29. this looks and sounds delicious. Perfect for a party or to freeze in smaller portions for lunch boxes. Yum!

  30. That is incredibly affordable! The recipe sounds delicious too.

  31. I love homemade spaghetti sauce. My mom use to make it every once in a blue moon with homemade meatballs. I LOVED it. This looks so delicious!

  32. That sauce is so much better looking that store jar sauce & makes the pasta into a full meal.

  33. I’m bookmarking this to try. Yummy!! I love the mix of seasonings and herbs

  34. That looks incredible. We have a big upright freezer that I could totally fill with this – pasta is a HUGE favorite in our house!

  35. This is one of my favorite meals but I love making it fresh. Something about frozen made foods freak me out. I am pinning this recipe though! What lens are you using?

  36. Buying bottle after bottle of spaghetti sauce can get expensive, and it’s not never as good as homemade. I love this idea!

  37. I’ve really been looking to explore making my own sauce. This looks delicious.

  38. Looks delicious! I always make my own sauce, it is so much better than from a jar.

  39. YES! I’m going to save this so I can make some to freeze! I love having things ready to go for dinner!

  40. I love making foods that can be freezed. It’s nice to have on hand for nights I don’t feel like cooking

  41. Wow, less than $0.40 per serving is amazing. Homemade sauce is always better than store bought too, so it’s a win-win!

  42. The stuff in the jar never tastes as good after you make your own, right? It looks really great and I love the freezing idea as that helps with meal planning for sure.

  43. I love that this recipe makes SO MUCH sauce! It’s a great way to have what you need on hand! Thanks!

  44. I love the idea of making a big batch and freezing it for later. This is a super idea instead of buying so many jars.

  45. I love pasta!! That looks delish!

  46. Oh gosh, I love you so hard right now – yes! My mom made such wonderful sauce and froze it, too! Can’t wait to try yours!

  47. I’ve been looking for homemade seasoning recipes. Thanks so much!

  48. I love the idea of freezing sauce. My problem is the hubby thinks we should freeze in zipper bags. It equals a mess.

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