Garden Fresh Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

Earlier this summer I had an abundance of Roma tomatoes from my vegetable garden. I decided to make spaghetti sauce with them. I don’t have the equipment to can spaghetti sauce, so I found a simple recipe for freezer spaghetti sauce.

Easy-to-prepare Garden Fresh Spaghetti Sauce is a tasty way to use produce from your garden. Freeze portions to have delicious pasta sauce all winter long!

I will forever remember making this sauce for two reasons. First, my husband was somewhat doubtful it would come out well, but he ended up being very pleased with the results. Second, I was pregnant with my second child when I made the sauce, but my water broke at 2:00am on the morning after I made it. Thus, I joking refer to it as “labor-inducing spaghetti sauce.”

Whether you’re trying to put yourself into labor or not, this sauce is very easy to make and has a great flavor!

Ingredients

(Adapted from this recipe.)

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 18 cups chopped Roma tomatoes (around 60-70 tomatoes)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/4 cup parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • Several dashes crushed red pepper

Instructions

In a stockpot, sauté the onion, garlic, pepper, and zucchini in the olive oil. Cook until the onion is transparent and the other veggies are tender.

Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, parsley, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Let the sauce cool. Pour it into quart size freezer containers. For the best quality, use within 3 months of freezing. Yield: About 16 cups spaghetti sauce.

Easy-to-prepare Garden Fresh Spaghetti Sauce is a tasty way to use produce from your garden. Freeze portions to have delicious pasta sauce all winter long!

Notes

It takes a lot of chopping to prepare this sauce, but you end up with enough flavorful spaghetti sauce for several meals. It tastes much fresher than anything you can get out of a jar purchased at the store! We really enjoyed the flavor, but it is pretty basic. Feel free to jazz it up with cheeses or additional veggies and herbs.

I was uncertain how this would turn out given you do not peel the tomatoes, but we didn’t really notice. This is likely because the sauce contains other chopped veggies. We did feel the sauce was a bit thin, so I will add additional tomato paste when I make it again…which I will do as soon as I have another large quantity of tomatoes!

Shared at the following:

Monday’s Musings, Tuesdays with a Twist, Coffee and Conversation, Weekend Potluck, Share the Wealth, and The Art of Homemaking.

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Comments

  1. Mmm. I can my sauce, but your recipe sounds more interesting than mine!

    • Hi Michele,
      Someday I hope to be able to can sauce, but I knew this summer was not the one to learn that skill. We have a large freezer, though, so I knew this would be a good option!

  2. Shannon, this looks and sounds delicious! I love the addition of zucchini and appreciate that this recipe doesn’t have to be canned. (I’m scared of canning and only do it with my expert mama at applesauce time.) I’d love to try this–with the assurance it will not induce labor in my case. 😉 Blessings to you this fall…found you at both Monday’s Musings and The Art of Homemaking Mondays!

    • Ha, ha…I’m sure you won’t go into labor. 🙂
      It is nice to have the freezer option. I love adding the zucchini because we always get tons from our garden and it adds another veggie to our plate (one that my husband usually won’t eat).

  3. We have really similar recipe 🙂 I can smell it!! Yum!

  4. I can almost smell it too. With all those yummy veggies in there, this has got to be so good for you as well as tasty. Thanks for sharing this with us at Weekend Potluck. It’s being featured this week as it grabbed our attention. =) Please come again soon.

  5. Visiting from the the Share the Wealth party – this looks fabulous!! Would love to have you join our Whats for Dinner link up!
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