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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This traditional, thick pasta sauce is a cinch to prepare. It has a pleasantly mild flavor and goes with any kind of cooked pasta. If you like, use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef.—Cathy Johnson, Somerset, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without spaghetti and cheese) equals 125 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 744 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, seasonings and beef mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: about 2-1/4 quarts.
Originally published as So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p27

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without spaghetti and cheese) equals 125 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 744 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

I've tried many different spaghetti sauce recipes and this one is by far the best. Since I'm home most days I've made this recipe on the stove, but it is equally as good in the slow cooker. Will definately keep making this one. It freezes well too.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

Made this for my husband last night. He LOVED it and so did I. I added canned mushrooms and it was so delicious!

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

Because there are only the two of us at home, I halved everything. This was delicious and I will definitely make it again.

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

This was fantastic & easy. Thanks for a great recipe! It was a great way to use frozen tomato juice from the garden. That gave it an extra special flavor.

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Reviewed May. 18, 2011

Tastes like my homeade..delicious! Added garlic and red wine to the recipe :) ..yum!

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