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Jeanne's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Jeanne's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 20 mins

    3 hrs 40 mins


  1. In a slow cooker, combine crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and kielbasa. Set slow cooker to High.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover, and cook on High for 2 hours. Remove lid, and cook 1 hour more.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2003

This "sauce" came out more like goulash, and I wouldn't make it again.

Dec 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!

Dec 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.

Dec 10, 2004

So much work. So not worth it. Spaghetti Sauce should have some spice to it, this did not. Very disappointed.

Mar 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!

Jun 26, 2007

Wonderful! We made several batches and froze. We will make even more sauce this year because we absolutely love this recipe.

Apr 13, 2008

This was exactly what I needed. My mom used to make great spaghetti sauce in a crock pot, and I needed to know the basics to make a good sauce from scratch. This was fantastic! Tweak it and have fun with it, the basic seasonings and overall ingredients are a great start. I used less squash, added zucchini and olives and carrots. Mom's can't touch this!


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  • Calories
  • 212 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 5.7 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 14.1 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 624 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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