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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

"My family always enjoyed my homemade spaghetti sauce, but it's so time-consuming to make on the stovetop," remarks Arlene Sommers of Redmond, Washington. "My busy grown daughter adapted my recipe to take advantage of her slow cooker. The flavorful sauce still receives compliments."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, sugar and seasonings.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until bubbly. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 231 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 28057
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"The only thing that could make this spaghetti sauce any better is that it has more tomato sauce so it coats the pasta better. My son has begged me to make more of this."

louise123 User ID: 4715775 89943
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I love this recipe, so easy to prepare and everyone I serve it to loves it."

cpaulago User ID: 3383160 89941
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This is my new spaghetti sauce recipe. Loved it! I made it yesterday using all ground beef and no italian sausage. I tasted it but wasn't able to serve it until today. It was much better after the flavors had a chance to mingle overnight. I'll always make it a day ahead now."

colky08 User ID: 1087575 34734
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"my family's favorite spaghetti sauce"

Trisho1 User ID: 1652271 28055
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"We LOVE this. Very hearty. Freezes well, if you need to divide it because it make so much."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 34041
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This was fabulous! Tons of flavor and just enough sweetnes. Had enough to feed a family of 5 and still have enough left to freeze for another meal."

lwilson29 User ID: 5752601 70696
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"This is the best spaghetti recipe EVER. It's fool proof, as you can tell from others who have tweaked the recipe here and there. I skip the sugar altogether. Another great add is 1 tablespoon of Chef Paul's Pizza and pasta magic. Makes it SPICY!"

momee4 User ID: 3849758 28052
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! The flavor is fantastic! Try adding mushrooms and zucchini, it's chunky but yummy. Family and Guest Favorite!"

ebullock002 User ID: 2212793 44213
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"This is excellent! It is the only spaghetti sauce that I make and I love the fact that you can put it in the crock pot and leave it. It freezes well also. I have added mushrooms to it sometimes, but other than that, I make it as suggested. Like another reviewer noted, I only put about 2-3 Tbl. of sugar (estimate due to not measuring)."

lorettalib User ID: 4493956 109168
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I followed the recipe as published for the most part, except I added fresh sliced mushrooms, and I saute the mushrooms, green pepper, onion and garlic then combined briefly with the cooked meats before placing into crockpot. The only other change I will make when I make it again is I'll reduce the sugar by half. For my Italian husband it was too sweet. Bottom line it was good with some adjustments."

oklahomacountrygirl User ID: 3899525 75282
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"My husband loves this sauce. I was told never to buy jar sauce again. I think will try this for my lasanga recipe. My kids love also. Thanks."

d.sydlewski User ID: 3784362 34730
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"This is the "bomb" spaghetti sauce recipe. I'll never use another spaghetti recipe as long as I live.I make a few alteratons. I delete the Italian sausage and add a touch of red wine. Love it!"

james a User ID: 4224782 89939
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2009

"this has to be one of the best i will never use store bought sauce again htanks james a"

lucillekujawa User ID: 2671301 29584
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"This was delicious, and actually had enought meat in it to satisfy my husband. I froze part of it, and it was just as tasty when thawed. This recipe is a real keeper!"

dk1358 User ID: 2201427 34727
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"I love this recipe. The first time I made it, my family loved it. I now make it triple the portions and freeze it. This makes at least 8 meals for us. It's nice to have it made ahead of time."

JOHNSWIFE1964 User ID: 801272 84369
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008

"When my daughter makes her spaghetti, she puts in a packet of George Washington brand Rich Brown broth and seasoning mix in her sauce. It enhances the flavor."

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