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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce

 So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce
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
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through. Discard

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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese if desired.
  • Yield: about 2-1/4 quarts.
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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.