Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My homemade spaghetti sauce got rave reviews, but it was so time-consuming to make on the stovetop. My family loves this flavorful slow-cooker version. —Arlene Sommers, Redmond, Washington
Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until no longer pink, 10-12 minutes, crumbling meat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, sugar and seasonings.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until bubbly, about 8 hours. Serve with spaghetti. If desired, top with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 264 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1119mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.