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): 223 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g 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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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CraftyCanuck User ID: 7778309 225898
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"Such an easy recipe, yet so delicious! I am not one to write a recipe review, after I have altered the recipe completely, but I did make one minor change. I did not use any sausage, as none of us care for it. I also used a little less than one pound of ground beef, as I like it more saucy than thick. Do try this great slow cooker recipe!"

Lisa64801 User ID: 7154163 173614
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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3172348 173613
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!!"

mikjays User ID: 3471699 175130
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

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

tallscuba User ID: 489869 115523
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

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

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 107618
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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