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Easy Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Easy Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

"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 YIELD: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


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7103738 214127
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4948624 119424
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

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

jodand User ID: 3887658 38798
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5180837 123367
Reviewed 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 User ID: 996971 205379
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

" If you want to see the rest of the recipes I've created or have collected (38,000+), my website is"

mslatvia56 User ID: 2694821 133678
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4361983 90267
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

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

Ubalstecha User ID: 1235053 90265
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1428535 205378
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2009

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

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