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  1. Watch how to make this spaghetti sauce:
  2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

It’s sauce time! This is a Midwest version of marinara sauce. Originally from local church cookbooks, the flavors are homey with a little zip. I’ve changed up and added to the recipe to make it even better. Personally, I use this for pasta, pizza, and some soups.

Watch how to make this spaghetti sauce:

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce

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Servings 9 quarts


  • 25 lbs tomatoes weighed then cored and seeded
  • 8 cups finely chopped onion
  • 4 cups finely chopped fennel bulb
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup loosely packed parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 10 sage leaves finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs oregano leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp anise seed
  • 4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • ½ cup lemon juice or citric acid (recommended by the USDA canning guide)


  • Make a tomato juice by running the tomatoes through a tomato strainer, juicer attachment, or by peeling them and blending them.
  • Add the tomato purée to an extra-large heavy-bottomed kettle.
  • Stir in the prepared onion, herbs, fennel, spices, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low boil, and cook until reduced at least ¼ or until thick like a sauce, about 2-4 hours.
  • Add tomato paste, if using, and cook an additional 5 minutes, ensuring the paste is worked into the sauce.
  • Pour prepared sauce into sterilized jars. Fit with lid and ring and process in a water bath. For quarts: 40 minutes, pints: 30 minutes, and 8 ounces: 25 minutes. Adjust for altitude according to the USDA canning guide.
  • Remove from the canner and allow to rest for 12 hours.
  • Store sealed jars in a dark area.


This recipe can be halved for less output.
Course Preserving
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Canning

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  1. Love your energy and helpful gardening videos! Your recipes are also amazing…I grew up in the Midwest but in retirement we have moved to a warmer climate.