Prego Spaghetti Sauce (Copycat)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"I didn't have any Prego sauce on hand and found this recipe to make a copycat. It turned out pretty good. Makes 6 cups"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (293.3 g)
  • Calories 153.5
  • Total Fat - 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 433.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.5 g
  • Sugars - 18.8 g
  • Protein - 3.6 g
  • Calcium - 47 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 33.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil over medium-low heat, and add garlic. Stir and cook until golden brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

Step 2

Add onion and cook until soft and golden stirring frequently. Add seasonings and tomato products. Slowly bring to the boil at a medium-high heat. Let boil for 10 minutes, covered.

Step 3

Reduce to lowest heat, cover loosely, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

This recipe yields about six cups.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the crushed tomatoes and tomato puree, look for products with no added salt or sugar.
  • For the olive oil, use a light-bodied variety that is low in saturated fat.

  • Instead of olive oil, use coconut oil. This substitution will provide a subtle sweetness to the sauce, as well as a boost of healthy fats.
  • Instead of crushed tomatoes, use diced tomatoes. This substitution will add texture and a more pronounced tomato flavor to the sauce.

Spicy Prego Spaghetti Sauce Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the recipe and increase the amount of garlic to 2 cloves. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Tomato-Basil Prego Spaghetti Sauce Add 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the recipe. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Garlic Breadsticks: Delicious and easy to make, garlic breadsticks are the perfect accompaniment to any spaghetti dish. They are made with a simple dough, garlic, butter, and salt, and are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Plus, they go great with the flavors in the Prego Spaghetti Sauce!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli: This delicious side dish pairs perfectly with the garlic breadsticks and Prego Spaghetti Sauce. Roasted broccoli is tossed with olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper, then oven-roasted until golden and crisp. The garlic and parmesan add a delicious flavor to the broccoli that complements the garlic breadsticks and Prego Spaghetti Sauce.


Q: How long should I simmer the sauce?

A: Simmer the sauce for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and keeping the lid loosely on the pot.

Q: What ingredients do I need for the sauce?

A: You will need tomatoes, garlic, onion, olive oil, oregano, basil, and salt.

4 Reviews

Jim Garner

Made this recipe this week. it was a bit wet, so i added 2 spoons of tomato paste, and that fixed it. the flavor compound is incredible. unfortunately, this recipe costs way more than buying a $1.50 jar of Prego.


review by:
(15 Jun 2023)


This is a REALLY good recipe. Follow it exactly the first time. Then, I suggest making the 2nd batch by backing off the sugar by 1 tablespoon, see how it tastes. Increase the garlic and onion to your preference as well. I add in about 7 finely sliced white mushrooms pre-cooked with olive oil and a dab of crushed garlic. Make sure all the spices are fresh, and you'll save a lot of money making your own version. Freezes well for future use. Toast some bread, brush on melted butter, shake on some garlic salt, use kitchen scissors to cut into sticks, remove some sauce in a bowl for dipping, and you'll feel like a French Chef. Thank you so much for this one, it's very well done!


review by:
(2 Feb 2022)

Karen E

This was very good and easily prepared, a simple sauce with lots of depth. I DID cut the sugar back a lot, I put maybe a tsp sugar, this is probably personal taste. Lovely, thank you for sharing


review by:
(21 Oct 2019)


What a treat! It has been ages since I made this much sauce and it won't be that long again. This is fabulous and so easy! The garlic just pops but not overwhelms. I did cut sugar in half as I usually by Prego No Sugar sauce but felt I needed a bit to cut acid. Absolutely the bomb!


review by:
(15 Jul 2019)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Prego Spaghetti Sauce is a popular brand of pasta sauce in the United States, and was first introduced in 1987. It was created by the Campbell Soup Company and quickly became a household staple.

Fun Fact 2: Prego Spaghetti Sauce has been featured in many movies and television shows, including the popular show "Friends" where Rachel Green famously used it to make her famous trifle.