Homemade Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe

by Trishia Mae Cordova on Apr 08, 2024

Homemade Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe


Imagine the smell of fresh tomatoes bubbling away, the sound of your spoon clinking against the pot, and the sight of all those colorful ingredients coming together! Today, we're making a magical spaghetti sauce that will tickle your nose, delight your ears, and make your taste buds do a happy dance!

This recipe makes enough to fill four jars, so you can enjoy delicious spaghetti nights for weeks to come, or share the bounty with friends and family.


Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe

Prep time: 2 hrs

Cook time: 2 hrs

Serving: 4 jars


What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 18 oz tomato paste
  • 12 cups tomatoes, peeled, drained, and chopped
  • 2 cups white or yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ to ½ cup granulated or brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tbsp dried basil
  • 1 ½ tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup lemon juice



  • Firstly, mix all ingredients except lemon juice into the pot. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Discard bay leaf.
  • Transfer the sauce to the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add 2 tbsp lemon juice into the hot and sterilized jars. Add spaghetti sauce over it. Wipe the rim of each jar with a clean and moist towel. Place a lid over it tightly.
  • Add water into the water bath canner and bring to a boil. Place jars into the water bath canner and bring to a boil. Add more boiled water if required.
  • Cover the water bath canner and process for 40 minutes.
  • Remove the jars from the water bath canner. Let cool it. Make sure that the seal is tight.



Calories 180, Protein 5g, Carbohydrate 22g, Fat 10g, Sugar 12g



  • While crushed tomatoes offer convenience, consider using a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes for a richer, more complex flavor. Simply peel, seed, and chop fresh tomatoes before adding them to the pot.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.
  • Explore different Italian herbs like thyme or marjoram for a unique twist.


Voila! Not only will you have created a restaurant-worthy spaghetti sauce that will leave your family wanting more, but you'll also have mastered a valuable skill and stocked your pantry with jars of deliciousness for those inevitable pasta cravings. Plus, with leftover sauce, you can whip up additional spaghetti nights in a flash!

Now go forth and create culinary magic!



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