Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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"My family always enjoyed my homemade spaghetti sauce, but it's so time-consuming to make on the stovetop," remarks Arlene Sommers of Redmond, Washington. "My busy grown daughter adapted my recipe to take advantage of her slow cooker. The flavorful sauce still receives compliments."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 231 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 meat 1 vegetabl


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, sugar and seasonings.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until bubbly. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Meaty Spaghetti Sauce in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p42

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"The only thing that could make this spaghetti sauce any better is that it has more tomato sauce so it coats the pasta better. My son has begged me to make more of this."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I love this recipe, so easy to prepare and everyone I serve it to loves it."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This is my new spaghetti sauce recipe. Loved it! I made it yesterday using all ground beef and no italian sausage. I tasted it but wasn't able to serve it until today. It was much better after the flavors had a chance to mingle overnight. I'll always make it a day ahead now."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"my family's favorite spaghetti sauce"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"We LOVE this. Very hearty. Freezes well, if you need to divide it because it make so much."

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