Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe has no added sugar! It’s meaty, thick, full of Italian flavor and great served over traditional pasta or spaghetti squash for a low-carb meal.


Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My hubby and I have done several Whole30 eating plans. Ever heard about it? You can find out all about it here but to sum it up, you eat meat, veggies, fruit and certain nuts & fats for 30 days.  No sugar, no grains, no dairy.  Yea…it was rough.  I can leave grains and dairy behind any day… but I like my sugar.

We decided to do this as a kick start to healthier eating. I didn’t like how I was always craving sweet stuff. I guess having a food blog will do that to ya. This Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe is a staple in our home.  We love our Italian food here, and I had to find a way to still be able to get that good Italian taste!


Low Carb Spaghetti Sauce

This spaghetti sauce has no added sugar, but is full of flavor.  Find a tomato puree that has an ingredient list of one thing…tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes have some naturally occurring sugars, but as long as there is not sugar listed in the ingredients, you’re golden and will end up with a deliciously low carb spaghetti sauce.

Plus, it is hearty…full of meat and petite diced tomatoes.  The kids don’t even mind the diced tomatoes…but they have to be “petite diced” so they are not so noticeable.


Freezing Spaghetti Sauce

You’ll love this healthy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe because it makes a big batch…you can freeze the leftovers to pull out at another time.  And when you are trying to eat “real” food, anything that saves time is so helpful! To freeze this sauce, allow it to cool completely, then divide it into containers that will seal tightly for the freezer.

Spaghetti Squash

Serve this healthy past sauce over spaghetti squash for a low-carb, low-sugar meal, or use it as you would any spaghetti sauce!


Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

4.66 from 49 votes
Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe has no added sugar! It's meaty, thick, full of Italian flavor and great served over traditional pasta or spaghetti squash for a low-carb meal.
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cans tomato puree 29 ounces each
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, with juice 14.5 ounces each
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef along with the garlic. Drain.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a low boil, stirring often.
  • Once the sauce is heated through and at a low boil, reduce the burner temperature to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or allow the sauce to cool, then package it in freezer-safe containers for easy storage.



The calories shown are based on the recipe making 2.5 quarts of sauce, with 1 serving being ½ cup. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Calories 112

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Gary Allen
8 years ago

Spaghetti Sauce – even better replace water with dry red wine

8 years ago

Thank you so much for this recipe! I am always looking for easy and delicious ways to use whole foods when cooking but I do get bored with the same old recipes, so I am really excited to try something new for dinner tomorrow night!

8 years ago

Your Sugar free spaghetti sauce is not TRULY sugar free. the tomato puree has 21.9g of sugar per serving. that’s a huge 43 grams per serving. you have to whatch for hidden sugars as well.

8 years ago

Thanks for the great recipe. Could you tell me what brand of tomato puree and diced tomato you use? The only ones I can find have 3 grams of sugar per serving each, thanks!

Brian Heeley
7 years ago

I notice, sodium is not good for you , with a two cans of tomatoes and two tsp of salt this recipe would be high in sodium I have a heart condition and i watch my sodium but it sure looks good

7 years ago

I made this sauce tonight and it is delicious! I used a tomato puree and diced tomatoes with the lowest amounts of sugar and sodium available at my grocery store, and I think that with that small compromise, its healthy enough and yummy enough to become a staple during my Whole30 starting tomorrow. I’m making your slow cooker paleo stuffed peppers tomorrow with this and later this week I’ll be pouring it over some zoodles. Since I’m cooking for one right now, I think this will last most of the month. Thank you! 🙂

7 years ago

I made this for the first time tonight and had to say, it was SO good! It was a hit with my whole family! Thank you!

7 years ago

The spaghetti sauce was a runny, horrible mess! The instructions call for way too much purée, water, and juice from the petite tomatoes. It ruined this recipe which would probably taste good if it wasn’t basically tomato water. I even added an extra pound of meat just to try and absorb some of the wetness and it was just horrible.

7 years ago

For my adjustments. I used 3 quarts of canned tomatoes ,1 pint of canned tomato juice instead of water and 1-6 oz tomato paste Helped to thicken it up some. Used balsamic vinegar instead lemon juice. Used Italian seasoning instead of the 3 spices. Added 5 tsp minced onions. Love that there is not any sugar. Cooked in crock pot 4 hrs cooled put into several freezer containers and froze. Thanks so much for a healthy and easy recipe.

Heather Johnson
7 years ago

Made it last night and it was a hit! LOVE It! Froze extras for another time. Thanks for a great recipe!

7 years ago

4 stars
I just made this and it was amazing! I didn’t have any thyme or Basil though so I didn’t get to add that. I also didn’t have tomato paste so I just added the tomatoes, I didn’t add extra water either. It was a little spicy which I like but also a little salty. I still loved it but next time I might not add as much salt. Wonderful! thank you!

7 years ago

I made this last week and am making it again tonight for the dinner with friends that we are hosting! My husband and one-year-old both loved it as well! So, so good!

7 years ago

5 stars
This is now my go-to sauce recipe! I double the crushed red pepper (we like it spicy), but other than that — perfect! Thanks so much.

6 years ago

Hi Lizzy T,
If I omit the meat will it change the flavor very much?
Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Alison Soles
6 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I knew I had to make my own spaghetti sauce when I found out the only Whole30 compliant sauces in the store were almost $7 each! It takes a few to feed my large family! This sauce was perfect and was a hit with the family! I added onions and peppers and will probably also add mushrooms next time! I’m excited that I had enough to freeze! Now I have an emergency meal when needed!

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