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Southern Barbecue Spaghetti Sauce

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 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


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, onions, mushrooms and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 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.
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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  • keely27
    Dec 28, 2015

    Really good and makes a lot so can be frozen and use for another meal or two

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