How To Pressure-Can Homemade Pasta Sauce

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I decided I wanted to make and pressure-can my own pasta sauce. Homemade sauce means you have complete control over what goes in (and more importantly, what DOESN’T!)

I’d already used my fresh garden tomatoes to make homemade tomato sauce. Now I’ll turn some of it into flavorful pasta sauce. Check out how easy it is! 

Now that I had made all this tomato sauce from my fresh tomatoes, I decided to make & can my own pasta sauce! Check out how easy it is! #TexasHomesteader

Garden Tomatoes Into Tomato Sauce

Last week we talked a bit about what you can do with a large quantity of fresh tomatoes – make tomato sauce!

Tomatoes are often a heavy producer in the garden and tomato products are used heavily in my kitchen. So it was easy for me to jump on the ‘making-my-own-tomato-sauce-bandwagon’!

But there are only two of us in our home these days and that’s a lot of sauce. So I decided to make some of it into pasta sauce. I like to use pasta sauce not only in spaghetti but any number of italian-flaired dishes. How wonderful to top my Meat-Stuffed Ravioli with my own homemade pasta sauce?

Since the tomato sauce was already prepared, making it into pasta sauce was a cinch. And having my own pasta sauce is healthier since I know every ingredient included. 

It’s also much cheaper & contributes no landfill-bound trash. Those canning jars can be used to store food over & over again in my pantry. You know that makes my crunchy-green heart sing!

Plus, c’mon, who doesn’t love HOMEMADE??

Turning Tomato Sauce Into Pasta Sauce

I took some of my homemade tomato sauce & dumped it into a large stockpot. (I estimated that the original batch of tomato sauce was made from about 30 lbs of fresh tomatoes.)

For the veggies I sautéed 1 cup chopped onions, 5 cloves of minced garlic and a cup of chopped bell pepper in 1/4 cup vegetable oil to make them soft & intensify their flavor.

Then I stirred the sautéed veggies into my sauce and added 4 1/2 teaspoons of canning salt, 2 teaspoons of black pepper and about 4 tablespoons of minced fresh oregano.

Finally I added 1/4 cup of brown sugar to soften the flavor & acidity from the tomatoes.

Now that I had made all this tomato sauce from my fresh tomatoes, I decided to make & can my own pasta sauce! Check out how easy it is! #TexasHomesteader

I got these measurements from a recipe I found at the National Center For Home Food Preservation site.

Please note that if you’ll be canning your sauce you want to make sure you DON’T add more veggies than the canning recipe calls for since that could compromise the safety of your final canned product due to acidity issues. Primary problem vegetables are onions, peppers and mushrooms.

Canning The Pasta Sauce

I simmered my pasta sauce down until it was the consistency I wanted. Then I ladled the sauce into clean hot sterilized jars and pressure-canned them at 10 lbs for 20 minutes.

Fresh homemade tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes can be turned into pasta sauce with a few seasonings. #TexasHomesteader

These directions worked beautifully for my area of the country and using my canner model. But many variables exist so be sure to follow YOUR canner’s instructions for YOUR altitude so you can safely enjoy your fresh homemade pasta sauce!

I used the original recipe and amended the vegetable/herb additions to better suite our tastes. My recipe is below.

BUT I was careful not to add more vegetables than the recipe called for. Remember, adding too many veggies can alter the acidity balance and potentially result in a less safe canned product. (primarily onions, peppers and/or mushrooms) 

But since I only omitted a small quantity of veggies and amended the herbs, we love the final result of this pasta sauce for our personal tastes.

Here’s what I did:

Homemade Pasta Sauce

Use those fresh garden tomatoes to make delicious homemade pasta sauce.  You can then pressure-can it to use all year long! #TexasHomesteader

Pressure Canning Pint Jars @ 10 lbs: 20 minutes
Servings 9 Pints


  • 30 pounds fresh tomatoes (cooked into sauce with skins/seeds removed)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons canning salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh oregano , minced


  1. After tomatoes have been made into sauce with skins/seeds removed, chop onions and bell pepper and mince garlic and add veggies to a pan coated with a little oil. Saute the vegetables until soft and add to your tomato sauce.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, salt, pepper and minced oregano. Simmer pasta sauce until it's the desired consistency.
  3. Ladle hot pasta sauce into clean sterilized canning jars and attach canning lids. Can pasta sauce in pressure canner for 20 minutes at 10 lbs (for safety, please follow YOUR canner's directions for your location)

Recipe Notes

NOTE: When canning sauce do not add more vegetables than the recipe indicates. To do so would compromise the safety of your canned product.


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20 thoughts on “How To Pressure-Can Homemade Pasta Sauce

  1. Jennifer

    I’ve been looking for a good sauce recipe for canning, so thanks for sharing this!

    By the way, I’d love to have you post on my new blog hop (open all weekend) at, if you’re interested.


  2. lisa M

    This sounds yummy! I’ve never put green peppers in my tomato sauce…I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the recipe!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back this week!


  3. Rachel

    This is totally on my goal list for this year. I ended up just canning my tomatoes whole last year because I tried three different sauce recipes and they just weren’t cutting it. I want to try your recipe though, I like the idea of the brown sugar but I do like lots of veggies. I never thought that it might change the safety although it makes sense. Maybe if I add them after I pull them out for canning. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  4. Nancy W

    I love homemade pasta Sauce, I’m looking forward to canning our tomatoes this year! Thank you for sharing your post on Our simple Homestead Blog Hop, as one of the co-hosts I will be featuring your post on Thursday. Hoe you come back and share another awesome post!
    – Nancy
    Nancy On The Home Front

  5. Natasha in Oz

    Thanks for sharing your post at the Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party. I’ve just tweeted about it!

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  6. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    Hoping to have a lot of tomatoes next year to do this! Pinning for later! Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!

  7. Kathy

    There’s nothing better than homemade! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    There is nothing like home canned tomato sauce! Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

  9. Nicole Ramage

    I love canning pasta sauce. My son has a lot of food allergies, so while canning isn’t really cheaper, it’s best for us so there isn’t anything included that he can’t eat. Thanks for sharing this with the #yuckstopshere link party. Please come share with us again next week.

  10. Cynthia L.

    I love canning produce! We didn’t grow tomatoes this year, but I did get a large batch at the farmers market. Thanks for sharing this great recipe at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party!

  11. Mary Carter

    Instead of using the fresh tomatoes can I use a #10 can of tomato sauce and the other ingredients to can this pasta sauce? And if so how many cans would I need to replace the 30 pounds of tomatoes? I really would rather use fresh but for me it is more cost effective to buy the can. Sorry whole foodies.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve never tried it with canned tomatoes and since they often have water added I have no idea how many cans of tomatoes would replace the fresh ones. Can anyone help Mary out with an answer here? I will say that tomatoes are one of those things that you should be careful to make sure they have the proper acid content – it’s the reason lemon juice is added and it helps assure a safer canned product.

  12. Dawn

    Thanks for sharing this great post on canning tomato pasta sauce, it was chosen as a favorite on our From the Farm hop!

  13. Kim "This Ole Mom"

    I’m so glad I came upon your recipe for canning tomatoes. I have so many tomatoes from my garden. I’ve been making salsa with them but needed a good recipe like this for pasta sauce.
    Thanks for sharing !
    Kim “This Ole Mom”

  14. Pure Grace Farms

    I was thrilled to see that you came by and shared your wonderful fresh tomato sauce recipe! Thank you for coming. I will be sharing this post tomorrow on my fB page as well, to share the love as much as possible in return! Blessings, Shari

  15. Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    I am always reluctant to make pasta sauce but after seeing your use of the slow cooker that makes all the difference!! It makes it so much easier. We like it so much it is being featured at this week’s party and we love your blog so much you are also going to be our featured blogger. Congrats!
    Terri Henkels

  16. heidi

    Your sauce sounds fabulous, but I think I would need to scale down the recipe. 30 lbs of tomatoes is a lot of tomatoes. Hope you have a great day.

  17. ColleenB.~Texas

    your sauce looks Fantastic, and I agree; Homemade is Always better.
    Hubby had brought home some apples and pears from work, so made a crisp out of some and the rest I canned into apple / pear sauce.
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening


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