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Canning: Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs (Grocery Store Version)

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Canning:  Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs (Grocery Store Version)

Want to turn $10 into 7 entrees?  Just can some spaghetti sauce with meatballs!  This 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.


  • 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
  • sea salt
  • oregano
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Step by Step Directions

    1. SMingGather your ingredients.









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







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













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







      meatballs 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.




      fill jarsLadle 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.






    3. Lid jarsTop 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.






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









      spaghetti sauce with meatballsAllow 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.




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