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Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce

I like to serve this homey dish to company and not just because it’s easy and economical. I’d be lost without my slow cooker!—Shelley McKinney, New Castle, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef or bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 142 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 546mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • torigem
    Apr 11, 2018

    Made it with Johnsonville Sweet Italian sausage. Fantastic! I have made it twice, once with a little extra brown sugar. Both versions great. Used leftover sauce on french bread and garlic bread with mozz/provolone cheese for pizzas.

  • Bankergmat
    Nov 27, 2015

    Purely a hit!

  • acooley1
    May 21, 2014

    This was good, but not great. A little too acidic for our tastes, but a little more brown sugar could likely take care of that. I will say that it was a nice thick sauce that coated pasta nicely.

  • po511
    Dec 7, 2013

    Easy and delicious!

  • CristinaML
    Jul 19, 2013

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  • NEKO52
    May 19, 2013

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  • Tdhays63
    Apr 28, 2013

    Great recipe, had enough to freeze for another meal

  • mmrist
    Feb 27, 2013

    I made this, using 93% lean meat, adding 8 oz. of chopped mini-portabello mushrooms. I used all fresh herbs and Hunts brand tomato products. My family loved it and wants it ALL the time now! It gave a new meaning to "spaghetti". Thanks for giving me a new way to cook an old favorite!

  • jslvsclf
    Dec 24, 2012

    I was not a fan of sausage until I tried this. It was very good! I've made it twice so far, once in the crock pot and once on the stove. Thank you for reforming me!:)

  • sprout716
    Nov 15, 2012

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