Rating: 4.74 stars
81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

Although my grandma was Danish, she was famous for her slow-cooked Italian tomato sauce. It cooks a long time, but is well worth the wait.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
6 hrs 15 mins
total:
6 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in Italian sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until the meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash and blend the meat mixture every few minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.

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  • Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, chicken broth, red wine, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and black pepper.

  • Transfer the sauce to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Cook's Note:

I recommend using fire-roasted canned tomatoes. If you don't have fresh basil, you can substitute 2 tablespoons dried.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 17g; carbohydrates 18.6g; fat 16.6g; cholesterol 46.9mg; sodium 1565.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (81)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2012
I tweaked the recipe a little by adding one diced green pepper two cloves of diced garlic and using vegetable broth instead of chicken. I fry mushrooms in butter place on the pasta and smother it in the sauce. Read More
(63)
81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2012
I tweaked the recipe a little by adding one diced green pepper two cloves of diced garlic and using vegetable broth instead of chicken. I fry mushrooms in butter place on the pasta and smother it in the sauce. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2012
My husband usually dreads it when I make pasta because the sauce is always so lacking. THIS he absolutely loved. He said "You can make this almost every day of the week!" And I only used beef, no sausage - so next time I'll try using the sausage as well. Thanks, Lora, it was a big hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2012
I followed this to a "T" and my husband says it is the best sauce he's ever had. Second time I made it I cut way back on the meat and just used Italian Sausage. It turned out just as good! This freezes great, and now we have it on hand all the time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2012
This sauce was really delicious! My dad and my husband both said that it was the best sauce that they had ever had. I did make a few adjustments. I didn't use the ground beef (there was plenty of meat between the two types of sausage) I also only used 3 cans of diced tomatoes and I used tomato puree b/c I didn't have any tomato sauce. Oh and I also upped the wine to 1 full cup (it really boosted the flavor). Anyway its a great recipe and it makes a ton so you're able to freeze it and use later for a quick dinner. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2013
I have been looking for a good tomato sauce recipe and I found it. This is excellent exactly as written! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2012
Wow! So delicious! I omitted the ground beef because I didn't need that much sauce. I also added a heaping 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper because my family loves spicy food. So good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2013
I would make this again; it was easy and very tasty. I like all the tomato paste used--makes for a nice thick sauce. The only note I have is to be aware that it feeds AN ARMY. I even cut out a pound of meat and used half of the diced tomatoes that the recipe called for! We will have leftovers AND enough to freeze for another meal. This was great for company and will feed a crowd so thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2013
i have made this 4 times now.. it is fabulous!! i added a bit of sugar because i prefer some extra sweetness but this is by far the best sauce i have ever made! EVER!! we are having it for dinner tonight and I love that it is slow cooker because there is no splatter mess all over the stove and it is cooked to perfection at the end of the day when I get home from work. thanks for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2013
Perfect sauce we loved it! It is super easy to prepare and makes a ton of sauce. I froze 4 bags of leftovers yummy! Read More
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