Easy Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Easy Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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"After searching for a tomato sauce that didn't taste like it was only for spaghetti, I set out to make my own," writes David Shields from Barberton, Ohio. "The result was this thick versatile sauce featuring ground beef and lots of herbs. It's great on pizza, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh marjoram or 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 89 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, brown sugar and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until bubbly. Discard bay leaf. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p55

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Our family loved this! Because I know my grandson likes pork sausage, I used that instead of beef or turkey. I made sure to leave it in the slow cooker only 6 hours on low, as some reviewers said it turned out too thick."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Way too thick. Not awful, but not a hit in my house."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"Not enough liquid to support that much tomato paste- the sauce set up like paste. The flavors were fine, but I did have to thin the sauce with with quite a bit more broth."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"I have been using this receipe since it appeared in Taste of Home in 2003. I'm always asked for the receipe as everyone loves it."

Reviewed May. 13, 2010

" If you want to see the rest of the recipes I've created or have collected (38,000+), my website is www.shieldsgenealogy.com."

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