Homemade Pasta Sauce

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C’mon! Homemade pasta sauce in a jar? Yes!

In a perfect environment where you had a garden full of vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh onions, fresh carrots, and basil growing, you’d have the ability to make a homemade pasta sauce that would make an Italian grandmother proud. Unfortunately, too few among us have that option and are left with the choice of using lower-quality canned ingredients or buying a mass-produced product instead. At Mama Yolanda’s Traditional Sauces®, we set out with the mission to share a recipe that will have you swearing you are eating homemade pasta sauce. With only 5 grams of carbohydrates, our products are healthy and keto-friendly, and our Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy and Classic Vodka Sauce are gluten-free, and our Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy is vegan-friendly to boot! (Our Classic Vodka Sauce is made with real vodka that isn’t distilled from wheat.)

Homemade Pasta Sauce

To show you what makes our homemade pasta sauce special, let’s look at a side-by-side comparison of the information that we pulled off the label of ours and a popular store brand.

Popular Brand of
Traditional Pasta Sauce
Mama Yolanda’s
Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy
Tomato Base Tomato puree (water and tomato paste) Fresh, vine-ripened California pear tomatoes
Oil Soybean Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is on the list, but much further down meaning the amount is minimal) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Onions Dehydrated Onions Fresh Onions
Sweetener Sugar Fresh Onion & Carrots (No Processed Sugar or Sweeteners)
Flavoring “Spices” Fresh Basil Leaf
Salt Salt (type not noted) Kosher Salt
Other Ingredients Romano Cheese, Natural Flavor (could be anything) Nothing Else! Zip! Zilch! Nada!
Carbohydrates 11g, including 7g of added sugar 5g, including 3g of natural sugar from fresh ingredients
Salt 480mg 330mg

As many families are turning to healthier options for feeding their family, it is important to hone your label-reading skills. While many mass-produced products are touting themselves as natural and healthy, one look at the label tells you they may not be what they seem. Even in this scenario, there is much wiggle room. For example, what is “natural flavor”? It might surprise you to learn that there are quite a few unappetizing ingredients you wouldn’t want to eat and that could be an allergen but fall under that classification. Since natural flavor ingredients are largely unregulated, this is a growing concern among those wanting healthy food.

We pledge to never include questionable ingredients, so you can always be confident that our homemade pasta sauce fits your healthy eating program. Healthy and delicious! And remember, it’s made with No Artificial Anything!


“Mama Yolanda's takes me back to fond childhood memories of my Italian grandmother's homemade sauce. It makes any favorite dish--baked ziti, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana--even more special. ”

P. Zazzara, Alexandria, VA

“My family absolutely loves this sauce. I was never a fan of “jarred” sauce because it always had to add so many ingredients to make it taste halfway decent; but this tastes just like I made it myself! I don’t have to add not one herb to make it taste better because it is already so delicious! Not to mention the fact that the ingredients are fresh, with nothing artificial. This is the only sauce we use!”

S. Papageorgio, Mooresville, NC

“Tried this sauce (gravy) and can say I haven't had sauce this good since getting homemade sauce from a friend. Definitely better than the name brand, store bought. A quick read of the ingredients lets you know you are getting quality with no unnecessary fillers”

A. Ramos, Mooresville, NC

“The vodka sauce is great... I use it for ziti and tortellini and have gone through 4 jars in the past month. The ingredients are simple and delicious.”

Mike S.

“Mama Yolanda's sauce is our families favorite! We first tried it when our youngest child was 2 and SUPER picky. She gobbled up her spaghetti and wanted more! We now eat it on a variety of foods at least once a week. It authentic, healthy and flavorful. It's the best!!”

Jenn W., State College, PA

“Mama Yolanda’s tomato gravy is simply delicious. With quality Italian ingredients, the flavor is fresh and authentic. We love it!”

M. Papa, Sparta, NJ

“Mama Yolanda’s Sauce is the absolute best spaghetti sauce I have ever had! It’s just as good, if not better than the marinara sauces I indulged in when eating my way around Italy. This sauce truly captures the authentic taste of what spaghetti sauce should taste like!”

Linda C. Port Hueneme, CA

“Once you have Mama Yolanda’s you will never want to have another spaghetti sauce out there (or even bother making your own)! I live on the West Coast where we don’t have it yet so I have considered planning my next trip to North Carolina where I can buy a few cases. I am not kidding.”

D. Lee, Ojai, CA

“I follow a strict keto diet and finding a spaghetti sauce that not only tastes great but has no sugar was impossible until I came across Mama Yolanda’s. The natural sweetness from fresh vegetables really comes through and leaves me feeling completely satisfied. You will never want to eat spaghetti sauce with sugar again.”

Ana C. Palm Desert, CA