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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 User ID: 8560392 238201
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"Purely a hit!"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 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 User ID: 6384887 74408
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Easy and delicious!"

Tdhays63 User ID: 7239606 31873
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

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

mmrist User ID: 4444242 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 User ID: 919747 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 User ID: 6700260 203495
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"a very flavorful sauce"

rinnylin User ID: 5010471 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 User ID: 2581651 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 User ID: 1560653 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 User ID: 1071095 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 User ID: 805374 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 User ID: 3745968 22437
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

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

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 69057
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

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

Sprowl User ID: 29186 22436
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

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

kahstahl User ID: 1110503 69053
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2008

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

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 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.