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Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce

This gluten-free spaghetti sauce is a family dinner staple that uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. It’s packed with flavor and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 26 ounce jar good store-bought marinara sauce I like Trader Joe's Tomato Basil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a large pot, add the ground beef, onions and peppers. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking into small pieces, until the meat is no longer pink, 6-7 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  • Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly for a minute or so. Pour in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves and season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Enjoy!


My favorite brand of gluten-free spaghetti is Jovial foods.
To freeze: This sauce freezes great! First completely cool the sauce in the refrigerator. Then transfer the sauce to ziploc bag or freezer storage container. Defrost the sauce in the fridge overnight, or in a glass bowl in the microwave. 
Ingredient Notes:
  • Jarred Tomato Sauce: This recipe uses both canned crushed tomatoes and jarred tomato sauce. Using a good-quality tomato sauce is a great shortcut for making a sauce with a delicious flavor. I really like Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil jarred sauce. You’ll want to use between 20-26oz of sauce and any kind you like will work!
  • Canned Crushed Tomatoes: Crushed tomatoes lend a rich tomato flavor. I also like how the crushed tomatoes give the sauce a smoother consistency.
  • Tomato Paste: For even more tomato flavor!
  • Italian Seasoning: I like keeping Italian seasoning on hand because it’s so easy to add to recipes.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg