Slow Cooking Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This sauce gets a convenient head start from prepared spaghetti sauce. I simply add a few everyday ingredients of my own. Most folks think it's homemade.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 241 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 1018mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein .


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown sausage and cayenne for about 5 minutes. Add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain; transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Add onion and green pepper. Pour spaghetti sauce on top. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 2-3 hours longer. Serve over spaghetti. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce in Country Pork 1996, p65

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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joiee 15718
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"again. what is with the jarred sauce?"

CarmelN 23117
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I would not make this recipe at any time. The amount of sodium is almost a whole day's allotment"

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