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Chunky Pasta Sauce

Your kitchen will smell heavenly when it's time to dish up this hearty meal. With beef, pork and lots of veggies over pasta, this dish has it all. Add the extra 1/2 cup water if you want your sauce a bit thinner. -Christy Hinrichs of Parkville, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked bow tie pasta


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and pork over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste, vegetables, sugar, garlic and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with pasta.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1-1/4 cup equals 405 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 621 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 24 g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    May 1, 2016

    I thought this tasted okay but was not really like a sauce. It was basically meat, chunky veggies and a thin watery sauce. I used the extra 1/2 cup of water and that was a mistake. I would strongly recommend using just the 1/2 cup if at all.

  • TBS
    Oct 11, 2009

    The is the second pasta sauce I have attempted to make from scratch. I thought it was very tasty. I will try it again.