Canning Spaghetti Sauce
with meat

Canning Spaghetti Sauce: Beat the price and nutrition of store bought, and keep the convenience.

Recipe and Pressure Canning Instructions for how to make spaghetti sauce with meat.

You will need to know how to use a pressure canner.  This pressure canning page has more detailed information and step by step instructions.

Go here for a recipe for spaghetti sauce with no meat. The basic recipe is the same but processing times are different.  

This recipe makes approximately 9 pints. For my family I will double this and do quarts.

Spaghetti Sauce must be processed in a pressure canner


Gather your canning supplies
  • 30 pounds Tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground meat. (Elk, venison, beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 6 cloves garlic, Mince garlic or use a garlic press.
  • 1 cup chopped celery or green peppers
  • 4 tsp canning salt
  • 2 T Oregano
  • 2 T Minced Parsley
  • 2 T Basil
  • 2 Bay Leaves - (remove before filling jars)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Prepare Your Tomato Sauce

The first thing you need to do when home canning spaghetti sauce is to prepare canning tomatoes
Your tomato sauce.  

Click here to go to a page that expains how to make and can tomato sauce.  

Make your sauce but do not process.  Come back here to complete your spaghetti sauce.

Prepare your Spaghetti Sauce

If needed simmer tomatoes uncovered, in large saucepan until thick enough for serving. This might a take 20 minutes to a couple hours. Stir frequently to avoid burning. The amount of sauce may be reduced by nearly one-half.
  • An easy way to do this is to place sauce in a slow cooker and leave the lid off. Let it cook until thickened.
  • Or bake uncovered in the oven at 350. You will still need to stir often.
Here is my favorite time saving tip

Canning spaghetti sauce as is, without the cook down time, will simply give you a thinner sauce. Add a can of tomato paste to thicken when you prepare your meal. I have done this when I did not want to spend the time to cook down.
bell peppers
Chop vegetables and brown your meat while you simmer the tomatoes. canning spaghetti sauce

Add chopped onion and chopped bell pepper (or celery) and minced garlic to browned meat. Cook until veggies are tender.

Add meat and vegetables to sauce. Stir in salt, spices and sugar.

Fill hot jars, leaving 1 inch head space. Take out the bay leaves at this point.

Spaghetti Sauce has vegetables in it so it MUST be pressure canned.

Follow pressure canning instructions.

canning spaghetti sauce


Hot pack pints - process for 60 minutes
Hot pack quarts - process for 70 minutes

Adjustments for Pressure Canner
Altitude in Feet Dial Gauge Canner Weighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 10 10
1001-2000 11 15
2001-4000 12 15
4001-6000 13 15
6001-8000 14 15
8000-10,000 15 15

Canning Spaghetti Sauce with this recipe is a great way to have a stock of sauce ready for a quick meal.

Tomatoes and Tomato Products

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