Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

A family classic that requires steady attention on the stovetop, this sauce is just as delicious when made in the slow cooker-and much less demanding.

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14 1/2 oz. each) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 oz. each) tomato paste


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbs. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, sugar, and seasonings; mix well. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until bubbly. Serve over spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings ($1.18 per serving)[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

[nutrition-info calories=”231″ calories_fat=”” fat=”8g” sat_fat=”3g” choles=”45mg” sodium=”1,188mg” carbs=”22g” sugars=”” protein=”17g” fiber=”3g”]


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