Your Guide to Freezing Spaghetti Sauce

Whether you're saving leftovers or making it ahead, this is everything you need to know about freezing spaghetti sauce.

Nothing beats homemade pasta sauce. If you often find yourself short on time during the week and want to keep prepped meals on hand, freezing spaghetti sauce is a great strategy. Here’s what you need to know.

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

The answer is YES—if you’re working with tomato-based pasta sauces, that is. Unfortunately, cream-based pasta sauces don’t hold up to freezing. You can still make a creamy pasta sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a day or so, though.

How to Freeze Spaghetti Sauce

Freezing food is simple. The first step in freezing spaghetti sauce is to let the sauce cool completely. Don’t leave it out for more than two hours, because that’s when bacteria can start to form. Once it’s cool, break out a freezer container. Then, divvy up the sauce, leaving enough room for the sauce to expand.

The best way to divide the sauce is by serving size so you can take out only what you need. When you’re all set, go ahead and stick the containers in the freezer. Yes, having a stash of delicious homemade pasta sauce is really that easy!

Psst… Wondering if you can freeze noodles, too? The answer is yes. Here’s our guide to freezing spaghetti.

How Long Can You Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

Once in the freezer, frozen spaghetti sauce has a shelf life of about three months. Beyond that, freezer burn can set in which makes your tasty sauce less flavorful. Label your containers with dates so you can keep track of how long each container of sauce will last. You’ll thank yourself later!

What Are the Best Containers to Use?

Glass, plastic and even freezer-safe bags all work perfectly (just make sure the bags are heavy duty). No matter what container you choose, pick something that’s airtight. Here’s how to get a practically airtight seal on your freezer bags. And we can’t stress this enough: when filling the containers, leave room for the sauce to expand once it’s in the freezer.

How to Reheat Frozen Spaghetti Sauce

Thaw frozen spaghetti sauce in your fridge and then reheat it on the stovetop over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. For something a little quicker, put the container of sauce into a bowl of cold water. If you’re really in a rush, pop it into the microwave. Depending on the amount of sauce in your container and the power of your microwave, this can take anywhere from 4 to 7 minutes. Tuck into your spaghetti sauce the same day you defrost it and don’t save any leftovers.

Need more pasta inspiration? Try these spaghetti recipes.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.