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:
- 37¢ per serving. Only 54¢ per serving with pasta!
- You can cook it in the slow cooker.
- No preservative-filled store-bought seasoning mixes or spaghetti sauces.
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
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
- Brown the meat in a large stock pot over medium heat (I highly recommend a tool like this to break up the meat).
- Add the seasoning.
- Add the tomato sauce and paste.
- Cook on low for several hours or in a slow cooker.
- 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.
- 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.