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Slow-Cooked Beef Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours


2 quarts

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
Down-home and delicious, this sauce simmers fuss-free for hours, leaving you time to enjoy the day without worrying about making dinner. Kim Stewart - North Little Rock, Arkansas
Slow-Cooked Beef Spaghetti Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; crumble meat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the green pepper, onion, water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, garlic and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until bubbly. Discard bay leaves; serve over spaghetti.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 186 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 vegetable.

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