A few years ago, my mom and I started canning tomatoes to enjoy throughout the Winter. With 15 quarts of tomatoes in my basement (the first year), I quickly hunted for recipes to make with tomatoes. At the time, we ate spaghetti a few times a month, and I knew there was a healthier way than the store-bought, sugar-filled sauces we typically ate. After a lot of research, testing, and tasting, I finally nailed my gluten-free spaghetti sauce.

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti sauce, in general, SHOULDN’T contain gluten. However, these days, with preservatives and other ingredients, it isn’t always easy to find a gluten-free spaghetti sauce. We use quarts of canned tomatoes in this recipe, but you can also use pre-canned tomatoes from the store.

This recipe can be made as a vegan spaghetti sauce, or it can be made with meat. In the recipe, ground turkey is used. However, it is optional or can be swapped out for a meat of your choice.

The secret to homemade spaghetti sauce is baking soda. I caution you not to overdo it. Too much baking soda makes it sweet, and leaving it out will make it acidic. It is a key ingredient but it’s important to stick with only 1/8 tsp.

Grab the ingredients and your favorite gluten-free pasta, and start your spaghetti sauce. It will make your house smell amazing.

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce

All spaghetti sauces should be gluten-free; however, these days, with preservatives and other ingredients added, they're not always. This homemade spaghetti sauce is not only gluten-free but also vegan if you choose not to add the meat. Bonus, it makes your house smell REALLY good.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 8


  • 2 Quarts Canned Tomatoes Sliced in Quarters
  • 2 TBSP Basil
  • 2 TBSP Oregano
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (Optional)
  • 1/8 TSP Baking Soda


  • Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, and garlic to a stock pot or large saucepan.
  • Cook on low heat for 2.5 hours or until all tomatoes are no longer whole.
  • Brown ground turkey, drain the grease, and add to the sauce.
  • Add 1/8th tsp baking soda to cut acidity.
  • Let simmer for 30 more minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite gluten-free noodles.

Building Your Meal Plan

Having a gluten-free meal plan is key to staying on track with your gluten-free lifestyle. Spaghetti is an easy freezer meal to keep on hand for when you’re looking for a quick recipe to add in or your schedule changes, resulting in a different meal. To learn more about gluten-free meal planning, check out our eBook Going Gluten-Free: Building Your Meal Plan. Inside we will teach you everything you need to know about meal planning and prepping for your new gluten-free diet.

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Kristin Longacre

Hey There, I’m Kristin, a gluten-free nutrition coach helping gluten-free families adjust to their new lifestyle.

Homemade Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce