Meat Sauce for Spaghetti Recipe
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Meat Sauce for Spaghetti Recipe

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Here's a thick, hearty sauce that turns ordinary spaghetti and garlic bread into a filling feast. When I'm in a hurry, I make this slow cooker recipe in an electric frying pan instead. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, green pepper, onion, carrots, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until bubbly. Serve with spaghetti.
    Freeze option: Do not cook spaghetti. Freeze meat sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Place sauce in a large skillet; heat through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve over spaghetti.
    Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Meat Sauce for Spaghetti in Country Woman January/February 2006, p45

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Erin User ID: 9041864 259811
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Great recipe! I use 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb hot turkey Italian sausage instead of beef. Also, instead of water, I use red wine. This is our favorite recipe for spaghetti with meat sauce. :)"

theresahill User ID: 6140480 256350
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Very good... My family loved it and very convenient to have ready after a long day of work. Will definitely make again."

GStaelens User ID: 1765741 232105
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015


angela32 User ID: 3084463 229344
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Very good...the family loved it. I added a tad more sugar to cut the tomato acid, but that's it and that was just to suite a couple sensitive tummies :)"

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 220829
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Very, very good. Nice and thick,, clings to the pasta and has a wonderful flavor. Definitely will be making this again."

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 85017
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Very good."

Homegirl2 User ID: 6672944 78067
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"Very good. No need to change this recipe. Will definetely make it again. The family loved it."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 160358
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"This was my last attempt to make spaghetti sauce and I'm glad I tried this because this recipe is very good. So nice and thick and sticks to the spaghetti. Yes, it does make a lot but that's ok as we like the leftovers. I know we will be making this again and the only thing I would add would be some crushed red pepper for a little more hotness."

cabo89 User ID: 4756068 68505
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"The whole family asked for this one a second time. easy too."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 137426
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Delicious! Makes a lot, which is great because we love leftovers!

~ Theresa"

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