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Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours

Makes

12 servings

I revamped our favorite sloppy joe recipe into this thick spaghetti sauce that simmers in the slow cooker. The flavor is jazzy enough to be interesting to adults, yet mild enough for the kids to enjoy. —Rhonda Melanson, Sarnia, Ontario
Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 cups hot cooked spaghetti

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, onions, mushrooms and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, broth, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, cumin and chili powder. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with spaghetti.
Editor's Note
Even if you don't follow a gluten-free diet, it's worth checking out alternative pastas. Most have more fiber, vitamins and minerals than pasta made with refined wheat. Look for spaghetti made from ingredients like chickpeas, brown rice, quinoa or corn.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup sauce: 336 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein.

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