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Zippy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Zippy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This thick and hearty sauce goes a long way to fill my hungry family. They enjoy any leftovers ladled over thick slices of grilled garlic bread. To make sure I have the ingredients on hand, I keep a bag of chopped green pepper in my freezer and minced garlic in my fridge—always! —Elaine Priest, Dover, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:13 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms, cheese, wine, olives, parsley, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: about 3 quarts.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 212 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 704mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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JennatheBaker User ID: 7534634 230154
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2015

"The sauce was pretty good, but it seemed like it was missing something. I left out the olives because my family does not care for them, but I would like to add something else to take their place. Maybe that would add more flavor. I served it with roasted brussel sprouts, and whole grain spaghetti, and overall it was well liked."

deebieg User ID: 6830584 101006
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"This was extremely bland and tasteless. I won't be making it again."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 147449
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"This was really, really good! I threw this into the crockpot between church and going to the symphony because I knew I'd be short on time for making dinner by the time I got home again. I had this delicious sauce waiting for pasta when I returned. Very simple, very hearty and chunky, and quite tasty! My husband really hates jarred sauce, but he liked this very much. It really made a lot, too! We had lots of leftovers, and then I finally froze the last of it for a quick meal some other time."

zeppekitty User ID: 4970940 67009
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I've ever made on my own. It's easy to throw together and makes a lot so there's some to freeze. This will be my go to recipe from now on."

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 94364
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"very quick and easy!"

mizzinangel User ID: 5647869 147448
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"my family thought it was a great spaghetti sauce, so we'll definetely make it again. I never have time to slow cook it though so i just simmer it awhile on the stove and it still tastes great. i also use it for my lasagna and was told that it was the best lasagna they'd ever had."

teacher57 User ID: 3727955 94699
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This is our family's favorite spaghetti sauce recipe. We would rather have this than any sauce we have had in a restaurant. It makes a large amount and we always have extra sauce to freeze."

tieerex User ID: 4204098 94363
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2009

"This is a great alternative to jar sauce. I'm not fond of green peppers so I added some green olives with pimentos and some zucchini from the garden. I also used fresh herbs because they are so bold."

Cottage1 User ID: 1698672 101005
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"Cover and cook on low for 6 hours."

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