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Zippy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Zippy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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"This thick and hearty sauce goes a long way to fill a hungry family!" says Elaine Priest from her home in Dover, Pennsylvania. "Any leftovers they enjoy another day ladled over thick grilled slices of garlic bread. To make sure I have the ingredients on hand, I keep a bag of chopped green pepper in my freezer and minced garlic in my fridge-always!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 212 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 704 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms, cheese, wine, olives, parsley, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: about 3 quarts.
Originally published as Zippy Spaghetti Sauce in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 212 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 704 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.

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 Nov. 12, 2012

"This was extremely bland and tasteless. I won't be making it again."

Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"This was really, really good! I threw this into the crockpot between church and going to the symphony because I knew I'd be short on time for making dinner by the time I got home again. I had this delicious sauce waiting for pasta when I returned. Very simple, very hearty and chunky, and quite tasty! My husband really hates jarred sauce, but he liked this very much. It really made a lot, too! We had lots of leftovers, and then I finally froze the last of it for a quick meal some other time."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I've ever made on my own. It's easy to throw together and makes a lot so there's some to freeze. This will be my go to recipe from now on."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"very quick and easy!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"my family thought it was a great spaghetti sauce, so we'll definetely make it again. I never have time to slow cook it though so i just simmer it awhile on the stove and it still tastes great. i also use it for my lasagna and was told that it was the best lasagna they'd ever had."

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