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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 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

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 125 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat

Reviews for So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce

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AnneSimpson
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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redisaid
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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rutharriet
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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sewin76
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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NanaChamb
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"Excellent taste. Made it for extended family this past Sunday. Got great praise for the taste."

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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.