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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6 years ago

I made this recipe for my family last night and everyone loved it! I love that it’s healthier than using store bought sauce, yet it’s simple enough to make when short on time. It’s also very affordable, which is a must for our large, hungry family! Thank you for taking the time to share your recipe… We will be making it many times!

6 years ago

Hi – I’m really looking forward to making this, it sounds delicious. Quick question – and I hope it’s not a stupid one – when it says, Yields 15 – is that 15 cups?
Thank you!!

Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
6 years ago

We often make our own spaghetti sauce…it’s so easy and tastes so good! I’m excited to have a new recipe to try!

Nicole Straszewski
6 years ago

I’ve been using a OAMM meals for a few months already and we LOVE IT! It is the BIGGEST timesaver for busy people/families. I can tell you when they say to set aside a whole day, BELIEVE it! Soooooo worth it!!!

6 years ago

Delicious! So easy! Thank you so much!

Meagen Sweeney
6 years ago

Hi, just curious on what you consider a serving size for this, and if you happen to know the nutrition information, per your recipe? Thanks!


Taylor Geller
5 years ago

I’m sorry if I missed it, but how many servings does this recipe make? Thanks so much!

Sam Campbell
5 years ago

5 stars
Will try this. My spaghetti sauce comes out so thick it just sits on top of the pasta.

Hopeful Kimberly
5 years ago

5 stars
It’s on my stove now! It’s awesome. I didn’t add the olive oil but had to replace the diced tomatoes with tomato sauce. That’s what I get for assuming I know what I have. LOL.
I went “no added sugar” in July, as well as no milk or bread. Dropped 15 lbs. I have added back in Ezekial bread. It definitely required a learning curve in the beginning. Thank you so much.

4 years ago

5 stars
Tried this for the first time tonight. It turned out scrumptious!! I had to make a few adjustments, I hope you don’t mind…I added some diced onion while browning the meat, used 1 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage, and added a little fresh parsley from my garden near the end of cooking. The result was a delicious, thick & rich, easy to make sauce. My picky hubby loved it too. Yea! Thanks for the great recipe.

Melissa L
4 years ago

Hi! Excited to make this marinara sauce, but plan to make it without ground beef so that I can freeze and use with meatballs, meatball subs, or add ground beef or turkey to make meat sauce….how would I adjust the spices when I leave out 1.5 lbs of ground meat? Maybe cut all spices by about 1/4? Thanks in advance!!

3 years ago

5 stars
I made this tonight & it was sooo good & flavorful! Will be making again.

3 years ago

Can this be canned for future use?

3 years ago

What is the tomato puree? Could you just use mire tomatoes canned?

3 years ago

5 stars
Made this, without any expectation. It was FABULOUS! Authentic, delightful and satisfying. We usually purchase sugar free spaghetti sauce, and I can’t imagine doing that again when this recipe is awesome!