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Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Rated as 4.54 out of 5 Stars
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"This creates a great, chunky, and very meaty spaghetti sauce. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes!"
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Ingredients

8 h 40 m servings 264
Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

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  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onions and Italian sausage until the sausage is browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sausage and onions to a slow cooker. In the same skillet, cook and stir the ground beef, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and marjoram, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the meat is browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the ground beef into the slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, thyme, basil, oregano, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. Set the cooker on Low, and cook the sauce for 8 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the sugar. Serve hot.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note
  • This sauce is not super sweet, and you may find that you want to add more sugar!
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 264 calories; 14.8 18.8 15 45 1025 Full nutrition

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Recipe creator here! Personally, what I think really makes the recipe is the use of sweet Italian Sausage, not ground, but links. I remove the casing and cut them in to bite size pieces. I cook...

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Don't get me wrong-- I'm no health nut, I'm just a foodie. I enjoy baked goods and desserts, but they are the only place that I want to see sugar; not in a spaghetti sauce. The only other proble...

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Recipe creator here! Personally, what I think really makes the recipe is the use of sweet Italian Sausage, not ground, but links. I remove the casing and cut them in to bite size pieces. I cook...

This is my go-to spaghetti sauce recipe. Only thing I do different is add in fresh veggies to really stretch the sauce (shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, chopped peppers, fresh sliced mushroo...

To make dinner even quicker, prepare and freeze the pasta ahead of time. Thaw it in boiling water, and in less than 2 minutes it's ready to use. I always boil the whole package of pasta when I...

Sweet and savory often go together. Also, here's a tip for those who say the sauce was watery. Place a clean kitchen towel draped over the open crockpot and then place the lid on the pot. The...

This sauce is fantastic. My husband ate every drop and is definitely not normally a spaghetti sauce fan. Some people were critical of the sugar in the recipe, but I don't know how you could call...

The issue to not use sugar because this sauce is too sweet is really not valid. Sugar is used in tomato based sauces to mellow the acidic bite. I personally use brown sugar rather than white bec...

This is a great recipe; very similar to something I have been using for years. Thanks also to the author for adding the bit about chunks of sausage, versus ground - I wondered where the chunky ...

Don't get me wrong-- I'm no health nut, I'm just a foodie. I enjoy baked goods and desserts, but they are the only place that I want to see sugar; not in a spaghetti sauce. The only other proble...

I'm very fussy about my spaghetti sauce and this is a winner. I did take the suggestion to use a carrot in place of sugar and it worked very wel. Thanks. Will use this often.