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Meat Sauce for Spaghetti Recipe

Meat Sauce for Spaghetti Recipe

Here's a thick, hearty sauce that turns ordinary spaghetti and garlic bread into a filling feast. When I'm in a hurry, I make this slow cooker recipe in an electric frying pan instead. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:9 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, green pepper, onion, carrots, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until bubbly. Serve with spaghetti.
    Freeze option: Do not cook spaghetti. Freeze meat sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Place sauce in a large skillet; heat through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve over spaghetti. Yield: 9 servings.

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hbaseley User ID: 3311639 269074
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2017

"This was good, but I probably wont make again. To be fair, my kids strongly prefer meatballs, so they are tough critics. My husband and liked this, but prefer TOH Three-Meat spaghetti sauce recipe. I liked the slow cooker convenience and that it made enough for at least two meals for our family of four. It reheats well and is a solid recipe, despite not being our top sauce."

Erin User ID: 9041864 259811
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Great recipe! I use 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb hot turkey Italian sausage instead of beef. Also, instead of water, I use red wine. This is our favorite recipe for spaghetti with meat sauce. :)"

theresahill User ID: 6140480 256350
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Very good... My family loved it and very convenient to have ready after a long day of work. Will definitely make again."

GStaelens User ID: 1765741 232105
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015


angela32 User ID: 3084463 229344
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Very good...the family loved it. I added a tad more sugar to cut the tomato acid, but that's it and that was just to suite a couple sensitive tummies :)"

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 220829
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Very, very good. Nice and thick,, clings to the pasta and has a wonderful flavor. Definitely will be making this again."

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 85017
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Very good."

Homegirl2 User ID: 6672944 78067
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"Very good. No need to change this recipe. Will definetely make it again. The family loved it."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 160358
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"This was my last attempt to make spaghetti sauce and I'm glad I tried this because this recipe is very good. So nice and thick and sticks to the spaghetti. Yes, it does make a lot but that's ok as we like the leftovers. I know we will be making this again and the only thing I would add would be some crushed red pepper for a little more hotness."

cabo89 User ID: 4756068 68505
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"The whole family asked for this one a second time. easy too."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 137426
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Delicious! Makes a lot, which is great because we love leftovers!

~ Theresa"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 61943
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This was absolutely delish. When I put it all in the pot i was nervous cuz at that point it tasted like nothing special. I was shocked when I bit into it hours later. REALLY incredible recipe and I've made hundreds. Love it. All I did different was half the sausage meat (so fattening) and I cooked the onions and celery (I used celery instead of pepper) before the meat and then added meat. Then threw it all in the pot as directed. YUM!"

dpinkham4 User ID: 5361359 137424
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I've made this several times now, when I am in a hurry I leave out the ground beef and sausage and add frozen meatballs and it gets great reviews."

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 134895
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I thought this was a great recipe and I will make it again but I froze half and hated it when thawed. So I recommend it to be used fresh or next day, not frozen and thawed."

tmt22376 User ID: 5043157 85015
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"This is very similiar to the recipe I remeber as a kid. Once I made it I got fantastic reviews from family & friends including the more "picky" eaters. The only thing different is I also add a cup of celery. This has become a real family favorite and I double it to make several meals throughout the month. I store in gallon baggies because it takes up less room in the freezer than platic containers!"

Springscook User ID: 4280266 134892
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"It was good and I am Italian. It was delicious the 2nd night."

asfike User ID: 3044625 68503
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2009

"If you spray your plastic containers with Pam os another spray oil, they will not stain with tomatoe products."

BETTY819 User ID: 2827252 152787
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"How do you store your sauce in the freezer; in freezer containers or ziploc freezer bags? How does one get the tomato stain from plastic freezer containers? Maybe ziploc freezer bags is the answer?"

cookiemom22 User ID: 761830 156579
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2008

"Sounds delicous."

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