Slow-Simmered Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Add something tangy to your family's Italian night! Serve this meaty spaghetti dinner drenched with sauce!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

1
pound lean ground beef
1/2
pound bulk Italian pork sausage
2
medium carrots, finely chopped (1 cup)
1
medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1
can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1
can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
16
ounces uncooked spaghetti
Shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired

  • 1 Cook beef and sausage in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until beef is brown and sausage is no longer pink, about 8 minutes; drain.
  • 2 Mix beef mixture and remaining ingredients except spaghetti and Parmesan cheese in 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours.
  • 4 About 20 minutes before serving, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package. Serve sauce with hot cooked spaghetti and Parmesan cheese.

Expert Tips

A 1/2 pound of pork sausage can be used instead of the Italian sausage if it's more readily available. No fresh garlic? Use 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic instead.

For a meal in a snap, serve with purchased garlic bread and a buy-in-the-bag Caesar salad mix. A slice of store-bought cheesecake is the perfect dessert.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
(
Calories from Fat
125),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
850mg
850%;
Total Carbohydrate
62g
62%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
28%;
Exchanges:
2 Vegetable;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.