This sauce tastes best when slow cooked on low. I don't know the exact measurements for spices -- it's a use your own taste type. I mix up the ingredients the night before, and then before I go to work in the morning I set the slow cooker on low. When I get home it's ready.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Stir in onion and garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes.

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  • In a slow cooker combine ground beef mixture, tomato puree, tomato paste, sugar, Italian seasoning and salt. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 22.3g; fat 6.1g; cholesterol 29.7mg; sodium 921.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2003
My slow cooker is large and I used 2 lbs of ground beef and added 1 large can of diced tomatoes just cutting back on the tomato sauce. I also do not have a low setting for 4 hours but cooked it on high for 4 hours and it was fabulous. What a fantastic way to top of spaghetti. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2008
I made this twice and each time I tasted a "burnt" flavor. Not too sure any tomato sauce is meant for the slow cooker. Read More
(11)
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2003
My slow cooker is large and I used 2 lbs of ground beef and added 1 large can of diced tomatoes just cutting back on the tomato sauce. I also do not have a low setting for 4 hours but cooked it on high for 4 hours and it was fabulous. What a fantastic way to top of spaghetti. Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2005
Ver nice and thick although I did add a bit more sugar, a chopped green pepper and basil and oregano. The family all liked it and I will definately make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2006
I used Italian herb tomato sauce instead of the plain puree. I also added about twice the amount of sugar required. While browning the meat I added the Italian seasoning to it as well as some fresh ground pepper salt and a little bit of cayenne. I added about 1/2 teapsoon of chili powder to the sauce as well. It turned out really well and it's great to freeze the leftovers for a quick meal another day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
Great recipe! Easy and fast. Everyone loved it at our dinner table. About the only thing I will do differently is to let the onions saute a little longer. Try this recipe. I think you'll really enjoy it! Thanks Jenn! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/18/2008
I made this twice and each time I tasted a "burnt" flavor. Not too sure any tomato sauce is meant for the slow cooker. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2006
This is a flexible recipe and a great way to make spaghetti sauce ahead of time to put in quart baggies to freeze. Loved it. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2004
I thought the recipe was great. I added italian sausage and a bay leaf to add some more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2008
Hmmm not sure about this one. I had read that I should add dry herbs at the end of slow cooking so I waited til the end of cooking and the sauce was good but on the bland side. I made a triple batch and have since used the sauce as a base for chili and baked spaghetti where I can add flavourings as needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
This recipe is absolutely fantastic. We're a small family so I halved it doubled the garlic and the seasoning added a couple of small hot sausages and threw a bay leaf into the slow-cooker for good measure; we had delicious leftovers for days Read More
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