Easy-Does-It Spaghetti Recipe
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Easy-Does-It Spaghetti Recipe

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This savory spaghetti sauce is a nice change from some of the sweeter store-bought varieties. With fresh bread and a green salad, you have a complete meal. - Genevieve Hrabe, Plainville, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, mace and pepper
  • 1 package (7 ounces) spaghetti, broken in half


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms and seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  2. Stir in spaghetti. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until spaghetti is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
If you have a little extra preparation time, substitute 1/2 cup chopped onion for the dried minced onion in Easy-Does-It-Spaghetti.
Originally published as Easy-Does-It Spaghetti in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p67

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I haven't made this yet, but have a question for those who have - Did you add the full 2 teaspoons of salt to this recipe? I just made homemade spaghetti sauce tonight (another Taste of Home recipe), and only added 1/2 teaspoon. I love salt and don't do low-sodium, but that seems like way too much."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"This has become my go-to recipe for slow cooker spaghetti. You can do all sorts of things with it as far as additions. I am going to make it tomorrow and add a bell pepper, some real onion and two cans of mushrooms because my wife and I like them. It has my vote and I will make it may times to come."

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Husband was a fan, I was not. I prefer chunky spaghetti sauces with lots of veggies. But it was super easy to make!

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012 Edited Oct. 29, 2015

"This is really easy and it tastes fantastic! I was a little hesitant about the seasonings, but they work well with it. I did use fresh onion and garlic, but that was the only things I changed. The whole family loved it and I will definitely be making it again.

Have made this multiple times now. It is my go to spaghetti dish during the work week. I also make a vegetarian version. Just leave out the meat and saute fresh veggies to throw in instead. I used carrots, celery, onion, green peppers, and mushrooms. Delicious 1"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

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