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homemade gluten-free spaghetti sauce in a white Dutch oven

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce

  • Author: Emily Dixon, One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 cups sauce 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This gluten-free spaghetti sauce recipe is has all the classic flavor you crave. Perfect for feeding a crowd or freezing some for another day! 


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I like 90% lean)
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch (1/8 teaspoon or less) red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water (can use beef broth)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or 1-2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (like Lea & Perrins)
  • 12 Tablespoons additional fresh basil, to finish


  1. Soften The Onion. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 4-5 minutes or until slightly softened. 
  2. Add Beef & Sausage. Then, add the ground beef and sausage. Stir to cook the meat, breaking it up with your spoon as you cook. Cook the meat through for 8-20 minutes or until there’s no more pink. Drain almost all the fat. I like to leave 1-2 Tablespoons for flavor.
  3. Stir In Seasonings. Add the minced garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, some salt and pepper, and 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Add Tomatoes & Water. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Then, pour in the water and stir to combine until there aren’t any large clumps of tomato paste.
  5. Simmer 30 Minutes. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce to medium-low or low heat. Simmer the sauce for at least 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes to avoid burning. The longer you simmer the sauce, the more flavorful it will be! If the sauce gets too thick, add a splash of water to thin it back out to your liking.
  6. Stir In Balsamic Or Worcestershire. Add 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.
  7. Finish With Basil. Stir in the rest of the fresh basil and serve warm! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator 3-4 days, or freeze up to 3 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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