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Meat Sauce for Spaghetti

 Meat Sauce for Spaghetti
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
9 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground 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


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no
  • longer pink; drain.
  • 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. Yield: 9
  • servings.

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Meat Sauce for Spaghetti (continued)

Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.