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Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce

“Mom made this when we were kids, and it was always my first choice for birthday dinners,” recalls Kristy Hawkes in South Ogden, Utah. “Now I do the prep work in the morning and just let it simmer all day. When I get home, all I have to do is boil the spaghetti, brown some garlic bread and dinner is on!”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 8 to 10 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, sugars, salt, oregano, chili powder and mustard. Stir in the beef mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through.
  • Freeze Option:: Cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve with hot spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 145 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 779mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Dale2650ford
    Oct 16, 2014


  • ejshellabarger
    Mar 27, 2014

    I added shredded carrots and diced squash. Yum!

  • NiagaraFalls
    Dec 23, 2013

    excellent....made no changes. My husband said it was the best sauce I had made....and it's easy.

  • antonich129
    May 19, 2013

    I already did all of what this recipe called for, except the mustard, ketchup and chili powder. I felt like my recipe was always lacking until i added those! It is amazing. It adds just enough kick to be perfect and doesn't take from the spaghetti taste at all. I often subsitute and 8oz can of tomato sauce instead of ketchup and that works just fine. Every time I make this recipe my husband thinks it's new and makes sure to tell me to write it down. He is always surprised at how good it is! Definitely a keeper!

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 1, 2013

    This is a really good sauce recipe and it has a somewhat different flavor than others I have tried.

  • NatuRL1der
    Dec 8, 2012

    My kids are all grown and for several years now we have "International" Christmas dinner and everyone brings something that is traditional from that country. This year we're doing Italy because they all want me to make this recipe again. The only thing I change is substituting chopped zucchini for the celery. Great crock pot sauce!

  • perrysangel1957
    Aug 3, 2012

    Best ever!!!! I will make this every month!

  • dporter12
    Mar 7, 2012

    This was not my favorite sauce. It is a very sweet spaghetti sauce. Although some may prefer sweet I like it spicy.

  • MrsProper
    Dec 28, 2011

    EXCELLENT...EXCELLENT...EXCELLENTHad to leave out the oregano because it does not like me. Use fresh Cilantro instead. This is a wonderful sauce. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Kingsmaiden
    Jul 18, 2011