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Family-Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

Friends will rave over it, too. Serve over pasta, and round out the meal with a simple salad and garlic bread. —Helen Rowe, Spring Lake, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, beef, onion, celery and garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato soup, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings. Stir in sausage mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until flavors are blended. Serve with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without spaghetti): 223 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • bob7666
    Jan 30, 2018

    Love this sauce but was wondering what to change to make this low carb.

  • jr1897
    Dec 19, 2017

    The compliments are still coming in. Working on 2nd batch as I type!

  • CraftyCanuck
    May 5, 2015

    Such an easy recipe, yet so delicious! I am not one to write a recipe review, after I have altered the recipe completely, but I did make one minor change. I did not use any sausage, as none of us care for it. I also used a little less than one pound of ground beef, as I like it more saucy than thick. Do try this great slow cooker recipe!

  • Lisa64801
    Feb 27, 2013

    The whole family loves this recipe. We leave out the mushrooms (we have mushroom-phob family members) and add 2 or 3 diced carrots for additional veggie nutrition. It's a keeper. I prepare two batches at once and freeze one before the slow-cooker stage, then it's easy-peasy to pop it into the slow-cooker another day.

  • rjwitcombe
    Jan 9, 2013

    Sauce was awesome!! I never like to change things the first time I make a recipe, however, my package of ground beef was 1.5 lb and my package of sausage was 1 lb, so that was what I used instead of small amts getting pushed to the back of the frig and spoiling. Also, I simmered on top of the stove instead of using a crockpot. We loved it. Shared with my bachelor brother who called to tell my how good the sauce was!! We all loved the consistency!!

  • mikjays
    May 13, 2012

    My family will never eat any other type of spaghetti again - their quote. They loved it!

  • tallscuba
    Feb 25, 2012

    My picky family loved this sauce and so did I. It's nice and thick and full of flavor!

  • badkitty1116
    Feb 24, 2012

    No comment left

  • dschultz01
    Feb 12, 2012

    Excellent sauce! Tasted great and was easy to make. Next time I make it I might change the ratio of sausage to beef to make it more even, or maybe a little more beef. Can't wait to make it again!