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Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce

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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."

gentah 26494
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"I've been making this recipe for 10 years--since I first saw it in Taste of Home. Still our favorite sauce, and so easy to make."

barretsmommy 72393
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This sauce is very easy to make and tastes great! I doubled the tomato sauce and added bell pepper and mushrooms. I also used Italian sausage and this gave it great flavor. Will certainly make this again!"

mweeks 22437
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"Will try something else in the future. It's just a spaghetti sauce, nothing special to it."

scarlet286 69057
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"This sauce is absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to make this many more times to come."

Sprowl 22436
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"This is the only spaghetti sauce I make. Easy too!"

kahstahl 69053
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2008

"My family LOVES this sauce. It is even better the next day!"

smalltowngirl_VA 72381
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2007

"I have made this quite a few times and it's delicious!!

BTW, I love the new recipe format!!  Big Smile"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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