Homemade Spaghetti Sauce {Batch Cooking}

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My family is somewhat picky about spaghetti sauce. In fact, we only buy one particular brand. When we purchase the “family size” container, it is just enough for one meal and costs over $4.00.

In an effort to trim our ever-growing grocery budget, I decided it was time to start making homemade spaghetti sauce. This version is my favorite so far. Using a commercial-size can of tomato sauce, I can make enough spaghetti sauce for two meals for our family for about $5.00. And it’s delicious, too!

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce {Batch Cooking}


  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1 T. oregano
  • 1 T. basil
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 #10 can tomato sauce
  • 1 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar


  • Saute onion and green pepper in oil until translucent; remove from heat. Add seasonings; allow to sit for 10-15 minutes for flavors to blend.
  • Combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, and brown sugar in large pot. Add vegetable/seasoning mixture; stir until combined. Simmer for 1-2 hours.
  • (Alternatively, this sauce could be cooked in a slow cooker for about 4 hours on low heat.)
  • Allow to cool completely. Freeze as desired.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was searching around today for a good, easy spaghetti sauce recipe I could do in the crock pot for dinner tonight. Yours was the one I picked for the simplicity and ingredients. I will let you know that it is totally AWESOME!!! Those family members that are home all tried it and all they could say is WOW, that is really good! I so very much agree! Thank you again.

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      You just made my night, Andrea! I’m so glad that your family enjoyed the spaghetti sauce. It’s always great when EVERYONE likes a new recipe. šŸ™‚

  2. the #10 cans, are they actually ten pounds??? i wanna make sure i do it right before i venture into making my own! Im feeding 5 people, and my 3 kiddos eat like full grown loggers. I can’t fill them up! A giant pot of spaghetti is exactly what i need šŸ™‚

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Hi Beth,
      The #10 cans are not actually 10 pounds. They are the commercial cans that you can get at places like Sam’s Club or some Walmart stores. I believe they are around 6 pounds, but don’t quote me on that. šŸ˜‰

  3. Hi I found this and I love it but could you help me out how to make this sauce but for 720 people we will be feeding our local community and having to cook 300 lbs of pasta and need about the same in sauce.
    Iā€™m needing this by the end of this week if possible.