Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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I like to serve this dish to company. Not only is it delicious and a snap to prepare, but it's economical, too. I'd be lost without my slow cooker. —Shelley McKinney of New Castle, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef or bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 142 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 546mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p7

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Bankergmat 238201
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"Purely a hit!"

acooley1 38236
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"This was good, but not great. A little too acidic for our tastes, but a little more brown sugar could likely take care of that. I will say that it was a nice thick sauce that coated pasta nicely."

po511 74408
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Easy and delicious!"

Tdhays63 31873
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Great recipe, had enough to freeze for another meal"

mmrist 76638
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I made this, using 93% lean meat, adding 8 oz. of chopped mini-portabello mushrooms. I used all fresh herbs and Hunts brand tomato products. My family loved it and wants it ALL the time now! It gave a new meaning to "spaghetti". Thanks for giving me a new way to cook an old favorite!"

jslvsclf 203496
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I was not a fan of sausage until I tried this. It was very good! I've made it twice so far, once in the crock pot and once on the stove. Thank you for reforming me!:)"

senrich 203495
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"a very flavorful sauce"

rinnylin 69081
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Very hearty but mine came out bland and watery. I prefer smooth sauces so I put the tomatoes in the blender. That may have made it watery. Even the hamburger that I cooked with the onion was bland."

sarah2830 51713
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I have ever made..My mother request that I make it often!! Very good!"

rickndee 203494
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"Love this recipe. The brown sugar is a better flavor than white sugar I used to use. I omit the Thyme b/c we don't care for that flavor. I use different meats to change it up. In the summer I use fresh tomatoes. It has a great flavor. Highly recommend."

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