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), 0mg 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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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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Best sauce I ever made!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

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

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