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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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While we all know that there are wonderful store-bought spaghetti sauces to choose from, there just is no comparison when it comes to homemade!  From browning the meat to cutting up the ripe vegetables – homemade is far fresher than store-bought.  If you don’t like chopping up the veggies (or think it just takes too much time) you should really consider using a quality kitchen vegetable dicer.  These products will save you a lot of time, and are actually fun to use!

Our favorite recipe for spaghetti sauce involves browning the meat first, and then cooking all the combined ingredients in a quality slow cooker.  It only takes about five hours; however, the slow and even cooking really allows the flavors to mingle and flourish.  For the meat, we use Italian sausage and ground beef.  These two flavors, in combination with all the other ingredients, offer a robust sauce that is perfect for any type of cooked dish that involves noodles.

For further inspiration regarding all the different sauces that you can make for spaghetti, rigatoni and other noodles, check out Pasta e Verdura.  This is a wonderful cookbook, with approximately 140 recipes on different types of vegetable sauces!  In the meantime, here is our family recipe for our homemade spaghetti sauce.  We hope you enjoy it!

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med green pepper, chopped
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 14½ oz. cans Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med green pepper, chopped
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 14½ oz. cans Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Instructions
  1. In large skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage and beef until no longer pink. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir in green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, sugar and seasonings. Mix well.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
Recipe Notes

This sauce also tastes great after it has been frozen and reheated.  Eat half of it now, and freeze the remaining portion for later!


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