This can be used for either pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. It can be canned or frozen. Store canned tomato sauce in a cool, dark area.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
12 hrs
total:
13 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
8 pints
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with water; bring to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Place tomatoes into the boiling water, working in batches, 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from the boiling water; plunge into ice water. Peel off tomato skins; cut in half. Remove the seeds using your finger or a spoon. Place in a colander to drain.

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; place onion into the skillet. Cook and stir until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine tomatoes, onion, lemon juice, red wine, garlic, celery, basil, red sweet pepper, salt, bay leaves, and ground black pepper in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir over until tomatoes break down and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

  • Sterilize 8 pint-size jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack tomato sauce into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Top with clean lids and screw on rings.

  • Fill water bath canner with water according to manufacturer's instructions. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Process for 35 minutes for pints.

  • Remove the jars from the water bath canner and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool, 8 hours to overnight. Press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Cook's Notes:

Dried basil can be substituted for fresh basil.

If you are using a pressure canner, omit lemon juice.

If your tomatoes are too watery, boil them down before adding the spices, to avoid the sauce becoming too strong. If you like your sauce thick, either boil it down a bit more, add 1 to 2 small cans of tomato paste, or add 1/4 cup of ClearJel(R) starch.

If you want to freeze your sauce instead, just fill your freezer containers (Ziploc(R) quart-size resealable bags) completely, eliminate air pockets, seal them and pop them in the freezer. You're done!

If you are using quart-sized jars, process them for 40 minutes instead of 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

62 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 12.5g; fat 1g; sodium 160.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2017
I scaled the recipe to 4 servings because I was not canning it but using it for dinner. I added more seasonings and a tsp of sugar. I used a green bell pepper in place of the sweet red bell pepper. We liked it. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2017
I scaled the recipe to 4 servings because I was not canning it but using it for dinner. I added more seasonings and a tsp of sugar. I used a green bell pepper in place of the sweet red bell pepper. We liked it. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
This is the second year making this sauce. I only use this recipe because it is so good even without all of the sugar and salt that store bought sauces are made with. My whole family loves it and my friends are always asking for some of my jars. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2019
Made recipe as noted, minus red bell pepper. I canned this and the recipe made 8 pints and 8 half-pints. Tonight, I served as dipping sauce with cheesy bread sticks. My husband said it was as good as Pizza Hut. My new go to recipe! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2016
like the flavor.and it could be used for pizza sauce too.would make this again.I got 25 Qts. canned Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2020
Great recipe for a first time canner! I did add 1/4 cup of sugar because my garden tomatoes were a little too tangy. Happy to say that it turned out great and I now can fully appreciate the hard work that goes into (canning) homemade tomato sauce. Thank you for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2016
I added chopped mushrooms instead of celery. Next time iwill cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces or puree it in a blender Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2019
Great recipe!!! I made a few changes. I used heirloom tomatoes (makes the whole house smell sooo good). I added mushrooms, 1 TBS 1/2 TESP of Worcestershire, a large handful of fresh oregano, roasted garlic, and used Red Wine Vendange Cabernet Sauvignon. My family loved it!!! I will be canning several jars!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2020
Amazing!!! Super easy recipe and delicious. I used fresh basil, red onion and shishito peppers. Also, I added some tomato paste and fresh oregano from my garden. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2020
Super tasty! Used my fresh tomatoes from the garden - not romas- but they were so sweet no sugar necessary at all! Couple fresh basil leaves, added red, yellow, and green peppers as well! Just let it simmer for a couple hours and added some tomato paste to thicken. Excellent meal w lots of fresh ingredients! Read More
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