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Family-Favorite Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Family-Favorite Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Friends will rave over it, too. Serve over pasta, and round out the meal with a simple salad and garlic bread. —Helen Rowe, Spring Lake, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without spaghetti) equals 223 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the sausage, beef, onion, celery and garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato soup, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings. Stir in sausage mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until flavors are blended. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Family-Favorite Spaghetti Sauce in Simple & Delicious December/January 2012, p92

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without spaghetti) equals 223 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"The whole family loves this recipe. We leave out the mushrooms (we have mushroom-phob family members) and add 2 or 3 diced carrots for additional veggie nutrition. It's a keeper. I prepare two batches at once and freeze one before the slow-cooker stage, then it's easy-peasy to pop it into the slow-cooker another day."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Sauce was awesome!! I never like to change things the first time I make a recipe, however, my package of ground beef was 1.5 lb and my package of sausage was 1 lb, so that was what I used instead of small amts getting pushed to the back of the frig and spoiling. Also, I simmered on top of the stove instead of using a crockpot. We loved it. Shared with my bachelor brother who called to tell my how good the sauce was!! We all loved the consistency!!"

Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"My family will never eat any other type of spaghetti again - their quote. They loved it!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"My picky family loved this sauce and so did I. It's nice and thick and full of flavor!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Excellent sauce! Tasted great and was easy to make. Next time I make it I might change the ratio of sausage to beef to make it more even, or maybe a little more beef. Can't wait to make it again!"

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