Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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When my tomatoes ripen, the first things I make are BLTs and this homemade spaghetti sauce. —Sondra Bergy, Lowell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 12 cups chopped peeled fresh tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 133 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onions in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves, salt, oregano, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add tomato paste and brown sugar; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 2 quarts.
Editor's Note: Browned ground beef or Italian sausage can be added to the cooked sauce if desired. The sauce also freezes well.
Originally published as Meatless Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p12

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 233819
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"I made this last week and we liked it. I cut the salt down to 1 tsp. because we are salt conscious and I didn't have fresh garlic so I used a couple tsp. of dried minced garlic from a jar. I ended up canning the sauce because my freezers are full and I got 6 and a half pints. I also pureed it before I put it in the jars. Looks wonderful. I definitely will make it again."

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 3103
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I make this every year with the tomatoes from my garden and have tomato sauce all year long. It is great."

Texascynt User ID: 7986198 3064
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"This is way too sweet for our taste, fairly bland as well. Great use for garden tomatoes, but still searching for a secret ingredient that can give this some flavor and something to take away the sweetness. Very disappointed."

susanhavlicsek User ID: 7829175 5469
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Best sauce I ever made!!!"

MichelleKTrapp User ID: 4802620 3100
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Excellent! I added fresh basil & doubled the garlic."

chooseanother User ID: 7406770 5468
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"This sauce is sweeter than I like. Of course, next time I can reduce the sugar but does anyone have any idea what I can do for this completed batch to reduce the sweet taste?"

cle6367 User ID: 523548 1342
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013


kerrizims User ID: 2706618 4144
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"This is a great sauce! I used two different types of garden fresh tomatoes and loved the flavors. I also cut the recipe into thirds and made a third of the recipe and it worked great-just reduce the cooking times by a third too!"

SKelm User ID: 4660356 3662
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"This recipe is hands down the BEST spaghetti sauce recipe for using up garden tomatoes! I run it thru the blender, so that my kids don't complain about the tomato chunks."

melgoody03 User ID: 6752019 1341
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"This is a great way to use up the tomatoes and herbs from my garden. The sauce freezes well so that we can use it all winter long. My family loves it!"

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