Ann's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Ann’s Spaghetti Sauce

A Meyers family favorite adapted from Ann Meyers. Naturally gluten-free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword budget meals, gluten free, pasta, sauce, slow cooker, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 5 minutes
Servings 3 quarts
Author Andrea Meyers


  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces canned tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning optional


  • Slow cooker: Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook on high for 1 hour and then on low for 6 hours or more. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
  • Stove: Put all ingredients in the 6-quart pot and stir. Cover and cook on medium until the sauce just begins to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2-1/2 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


  • 6-quart slow cooker or 6-quart pot with a lid
Recipe Notes:
  • This makes an all-purpose sauce that we use for many things. Throw in some meatballs during the last two hours of cooking, or use the sauce for lasagna.