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Easy Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce

"After searching for a tomato sauce that didn't taste like it was only for spaghetti, I set out to make my own," writes David Shields from Barberton, Ohio. "The result was this thick versatile sauce featuring ground beef and lots of herbs. It's great on pizza, too."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh marjoram or 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, brown sugar and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until bubbly. Discard bay leaf. Serve with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 89 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • MurphyNJ
    Dec 6, 2014

    Our family loved this! Because I know my grandson likes pork sausage, I used that instead of beef or turkey. I made sure to leave it in the slow cooker only 6 hours on low, as some reviewers said it turned out too thick.

  • lberry222
    Sep 17, 2014

    Way too thick. Not awful, but not a hit in my house.

  • marykono
    Jan 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • jodand
    Aug 1, 2010

    Not enough liquid to support that much tomato paste- the sauce set up like paste. The flavors were fine, but I did have to thin the sauce with with quite a bit more broth.

  • jerseygirlnancy
    Jun 27, 2010

    I have been using this receipe since it appeared in Taste of Home in 2003. I'm always asked for the receipe as everyone loves it.

  • dshields1954
    May 13, 2010

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  • mslatvia56
    Jan 3, 2010

    I have used this recipe many times when we have company!!! A BIG HIT!!! Any leftover sauce also freezes well! I add a pound of ground mild italian sausage as well...LOVE IT! Inese

  • boulle
    Sep 4, 2009

    Oh, yeah this is awesome! a nicely balanced sauce thick and tasty!

  • Ubalstecha
    Mar 8, 2009

    Yes, it can. I freeze it all the time and it defrosts well. I also use it as the sauce in my lasagna recipe, which really speeds things up.

  • good2Go
    Jan 16, 2009

    Can this be frozen ? Laurie J. of Orangeville, UT