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

  2. Katherine says:

    How long does this keep in the freezer?

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

  4. 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!

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

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

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

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

  9. Low, 6-8 hours.

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

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

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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

  17. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. I love pasta!! That looks delish!

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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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