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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This traditional, thick pasta sauce is a cinch to prepare. It has a pleasantly mild flavor and goes with any kind of cooked pasta. If you like, use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef.—Cathy Johnson, Somerset, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, seasonings and beef mixture.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: about 2-1/4 quarts.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 125 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 264007
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"This is my go too recipe. Wonderful. Will make it again."

AnneSimpson User ID: 3730486 145032
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I've tried many different spaghetti sauce recipes and this one is by far the best. Since I'm home most days I've made this recipe on the stove, but it is equally as good in the slow cooker. Will definately keep making this one. It freezes well too."

redisaid User ID: 5654969 186666
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"Made this for my husband last night. He LOVED it and so did I. I added canned mushrooms and it was so delicious!"

rutharriet User ID: 2030282 117764
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"Because there are only the two of us at home, I halved everything. This was delicious and I will definitely make it again."

sewin76 User ID: 779166 182990
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"This was fantastic & easy. Thanks for a great recipe! It was a great way to use frozen tomato juice from the garden. That gave it an extra special flavor."

NanaChamb User ID: 5786740 101122
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"Excellent taste. Made it for extended family this past Sunday. Got great praise for the taste."

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