This is a satisfyingly hearty sauce that you can feel good about eating! Serve over whole grain spaghetti or brown rice pasta for gluten-free diets.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Sauce:
Pasta:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef, zucchini, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

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  • Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sucanat, basil, sea salt, oregano, and black pepper into beef mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors have blended, at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour for better flavor.

  • While sauce is simmering, bring salted water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Serve sauce over hot pasta.

Cook's Note:

Use any lean ground meat: ground beef, bison, or turkey.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

436 calories; 22.5 g protein; 80 g carbohydrates; 24.7 mg cholesterol; 2195.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
Made this recipe and the sauce is delicious! I doubled the recipe and left out the zucchini. I added fresh sliced mushrooms and meatballs. I used honey instead of sucanat. I also add one chopped green bellpepper and one can of diced tomatoes. I cook the bellpepper and onion with my ground meat to be sure they are soft when the sauce is done. I cooked the sauce in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours and low for another hour adding in the fresh sliced mushrooms for that last hour. It was better than any store bought sauce I have ever tasted. Froze the leftovers and had it for another meal. Absolutely wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
Made this recipe and the sauce is delicious! I doubled the recipe and left out the zucchini. I added fresh sliced mushrooms and meatballs. I used honey instead of sucanat. I also add one chopped green bellpepper and one can of diced tomatoes. I cook the bellpepper and onion with my ground meat to be sure they are soft when the sauce is done. I cooked the sauce in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours and low for another hour adding in the fresh sliced mushrooms for that last hour. It was better than any store bought sauce I have ever tasted. Froze the leftovers and had it for another meal. Absolutely wonderful! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
Made this recipe and the sauce is delicious! I doubled the recipe and left out the zucchini. I added fresh sliced mushrooms and meatballs. I used honey instead of sucanat. I also add one chopped green bellpepper and one can of diced tomatoes. I cook the bellpepper and onion with my ground meat to be sure they are soft when the sauce is done. I cooked the sauce in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours and low for another hour adding in the fresh sliced mushrooms for that last hour. It was better than any store bought sauce I have ever tasted. Froze the leftovers and had it for another meal. Absolutely wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2014
This was hugely satisfying over spaghetti squash. I subbed 1/2 T of honey for the called-for sucanat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2015
This is a wonderful recipe. I plan to use it at our next soup kitchen meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2016
Made this the other night for dinner and have 2 more meals worth in the freezer. Easy to make and delicious. The only change I made was using Italian seasoning instead of the separate herbs. I think I ended up using about 2 tablespoons of it. Adding the zucchini makes the sauce feel like a good hearty sauce but with just the small amount of meat it keeps it on the healthier side. Will make many many more times that's for sure! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2015
Very good! Left out the meat (vegetarian daughter) and used gluten free pasta. Excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2016
This is especially great if you use tomatoes imported from Italy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2016
This was very good! The only change i made was adding some fresh mushrooms. I will definitely make this again but will decrease the amount of sea salt next time - a little too salty for me as written. My husband loves it though thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
Wonderful! I made it for my wife as her previous favorite restaurant changed hands and the new management failed to maintain their quality. We have a new favorite spaghetti sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2019
This was awesome! I substituted honey as well and also used a pound of 96/4 lean ground beef. Thanks for the recipe. Read More