Canning Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs (Grocery Store Version)

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By Daisy Luther

Want to turn $10   into 7  entrees?

It’s easy – just can some spaghetti sauce with meatballs!  Canning your own meals gives you the benefits of great taste, knowing what  you’re eating, and quality ingredients with no preservatives.  Learn more about the benefits of making your own “fast food” HERE.

The following recipe will result in 7 quarts of sauce with meatballs.  Serving size is dependent on your appetites, but each jar will feed 2-3 people.

Since this is the grocery store version of the spaghetti sauce, anyone with a pressure canner can make it!   You don’t have to process bushels of tomatoes because it is already done for you.

Directions will come this fall on making your own sauce from your garden tomatoes – it’s even better!

Step 1

Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can of tomato paste or sauce
  • 2 pounds of ground meat, any combination
  • 1 cup of  finely crushed crackers or bread crumbs
  • 1/8 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 large bell pepper

to taste

  • sea salt
  • oregano
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder


Step 2

Use your food processor to finely mince carrots, onions, peppers, and garlic…

minced veggies

Step 3

Add seasonings, cans of tomato product, minced veggies, and olive oil to a stockpot and bring it to a simmer.

tomato sauce


Step 4

Meanwhile, add crumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder to the meat mixture and combine well with your hands.

crumbs and meat

Step 5

Form the meat mixture into meatballs that fit easily into your jars.

This is a “raw pack” recipe so you don’t need to cook the meatballs first – they will cook thoroughly during the pressure canning process.

Place 6 meatballs in each sanitized jar.


Step 6

Ladle the spaghetti sauce over the meatballs, leaving about 2 inches of headspace.

Use a chopstick or a table knife to run around the inside of the jar to remove air pockets.

fill jars

Step 7

Top up each jar with water until you have one inch of headspace left.

Wipe the lip of the jar well, then place the lids and rings on, finger-tightening the rings.

lid jars

Step 8

Process the jars in a pressure canner for 90 minutes at 10 PSI.  Be sure to adjust for altitude.

pressure can

Step 9

Allow your jars of sauce to sit overnight.

If any of the jars did not seal properly, put them into the refrigerator and use within a week.

spaghetti sauce with meatballs


Daisy Luther

About the Author

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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