Rating: 4.15 stars
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

This recipe has many vegetables and three kinds of meat. Most people can't tell it's not all beef and I've been told I ought to market it. This sauce has no acidic after taste, which is frequent with sauces that have tomato and/or bell pepper cooked over long periods of time. This sauce freezes well and can be used for other recipes.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs 20 mins
total:
3 hrs 40 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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  • In a slow cooker, combine crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and kielbasa. Set slow cooker to High.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook onions, squash, green pepper, and garlic in oil until onions are translucent. Transfer vegetables to the slow cooker.

  • Place ground beef and ground turkey in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble finely, and transfer to slow cooker. Season with bay leaves, peppercorns, basil, marjoram, thyme, and oregano.

  • Cover, and cook on High for 2 hours. Remove lid, and cook 1 hour more.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 19.7g; fat 9.5g; cholesterol 38.3mg; sodium 624.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (41)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2002
This sauce was outstanding. Im not a meat lover so i just used a couple packs of turkey sausage and deleted the ground beef and turkey. I also added some mushrooms. It was excellent. Has a great taste. My husband told me to never buy grocery store sauce again. Read More
(21)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2003
This "sauce" came out more like goulash and I wouldn't make it again. Read More
(13)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2002
This sauce was outstanding. Im not a meat lover so i just used a couple packs of turkey sausage and deleted the ground beef and turkey. I also added some mushrooms. It was excellent. Has a great taste. My husband told me to never buy grocery store sauce again. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2004
This recipe really exceeded my expectations. The flavor is great and my husband didn't notice the squash at all! (He HATES squash) I scaled the recipe for 6 servings with no problem & used zucchini instead of yellow squash. I also substituted turkey sausage that I had on hand for the kielbasa. It's a flexible recipe that you can make hours ahead try it! Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2003
This "sauce" came out more like goulash and I wouldn't make it again. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2004
Considering the time this recipe takes to make and the outcome (more like goulash and not quite spicy enough) I wouldn't make it again. Not bad just not what I had expected. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2003
Yummy! For the meat requirements I used 1/2 pound of ground turkey and 1 pound of Italian chicken sausage (instead of ground beef and kielbasa). I used zucchini instead of yellow squash and I added chopped celery. I used fresh basil instead of dried and freshly-ground pepper instead of whole peppercorns. The tomato paste I used was pesto-flavored and my can of tomato sauce was 15 ounces (instead of 10 ounces). Also I found 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to be plenty for cooking the vegetables. All of this made a wonderful spaghetti sauce! Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2004
So much work. So not worth it. Spaghetti Sauce should have some spice to it this did not. Very disappointed. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2004
I have to say this sauce was tasty!!! A great base recipe to modify to your own tastes. I thought it was a little too chunky but my husband thought it was perfect. "More meat next time" is all he said. Next time I will add pork ribs and chicken pieces. Thank you Jeanne! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2007
Wonderful! We made several batches and froze. We will make even more sauce this year because we absolutely love this recipe. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2004
This sauce was incredible...i made it for my family and they gobbled it right up. Now i make it in large quantaties so i can freeze it for when i need a quick and delicious homemade meal! Read More
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