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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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"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 61943
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This was absolutely delish. When I put it all in the pot i was nervous cuz at that point it tasted like nothing special. I was shocked when I bit into it hours later. REALLY incredible recipe and I've made hundreds. Love it. All I did different was half the sausage meat (so fattening) and I cooked the onions and celery (I used celery instead of pepper) before the meat and then added meat. Then threw it all in the pot as directed. YUM!"

dpinkham4 User ID: 5361359 137424
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I've made this several times now, when I am in a hurry I leave out the ground beef and sausage and add frozen meatballs and it gets great reviews."

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