Mom's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Mom's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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“Mom made this when we were kids, and it was always my first choice for birthday dinners,” recalls Kristy Hawkes in South Ogden, Utah. “Now I do the prep work in the morning and just let it simmer all day. When I get home, all I have to do is boil the spaghetti, brown some garlic bread and dinner is on!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 8 to 10 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 145 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 779mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, sugars, salt, oregano, chili powder and mustard. Stir in the beef mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through.
  3. Serve immediately with spaghetti, or cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen spaghetti sauce: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Spaghetti Sauce in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p63

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Dale2650ford User ID: 2553271 92508
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014


ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 142784
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"I added shredded carrots and diced squash. Yum!"

NiagaraFalls User ID: 4906996 159761
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"excellent....made no changes. My husband said it was the best sauce I had made....and it's easy."

antonich129 User ID: 3720876 159448
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"I already did all of what this recipe called for, except the mustard, ketchup and chili powder. I felt like my recipe was always lacking until i added those! It is amazing. It adds just enough kick to be perfect and doesn't take from the spaghetti taste at all. I often subsitute and 8oz can of tomato sauce instead of ketchup and that works just fine. Every time I make this recipe my husband thinks it's new and makes sure to tell me to write it down. He is always surprised at how good it is! Definitely a keeper!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 165204
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"This is a really good sauce recipe and it has a somewhat different flavor than others I have tried."

NatuRL1der User ID: 3052120 158266
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"My kids are all grown and for several years now we have "International" Christmas dinner and everyone brings something that is traditional from that country. This year we're doing Italy because they all want me to make this recipe again. The only thing I change is substituting chopped zucchini for the celery. Great crock pot sauce!"

perrysangel1957 User ID: 6801454 143189
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"Best ever!!!! I will make this every month!"

dporter12 User ID: 1824268 92965
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"This was not my favorite sauce. It is a very sweet spaghetti sauce. Although some may prefer sweet I like it spicy."

MrsProper User ID: 6368974 159446
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011


Had to leave out the oregano because it does not like me. Use fresh Cilantro instead. This is a wonderful sauce. Thank you for sharing it."

Kingsmaiden User ID: 5857460 97221
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011


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