Nana's Slow Cooked Meaty Tomato Sauce Recipe -
Nana's Slow Cooked Meaty Tomato Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN ABOUT 7 hrs

Nana's Slow Cooked Meaty Tomato Sauce

Recipe by  

"Although my grandma was Danish, she was famous for her slow-cooked Italian tomato sauce. It cooks a long time, but is well worth the wait."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 15 mins

    6 hrs 45 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in Italian sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until the meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash and blend the meat mixture every few minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, chicken broth, red wine, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Cook's Note:
  • I recommend using fire-roasted canned tomatoes. If you don't have fresh basil, you can substitute 2 tablespoons dried.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Reviews More Reviews

Apr 10, 2012

I tweaked the recipe a little by adding one diced green pepper, two cloves of diced garlic, and using vegetable broth instead of chicken. I fry mushrooms in butter, place on the pasta and smother it in the sauce.

Apr 24, 2012

My husband usually dreads it when I make pasta because the sauce is always so lacking. THIS he absolutely loved. He said "You can make this almost every day of the week!" And I only used beef, no sausage - so next time I'll try using the sausage as well. Thanks, Lora, it was a big hit!

Sep 12, 2012

I followed this to a "T" and my husband says it is the best sauce he's ever had. Second time I made it I cut way back on the meat and just used Italian Sausage. It turned out just as good! This freezes great, and now we have it on hand all the time.

May 29, 2012

This sauce was really delicious! My dad and my husband both said that it was the best sauce that they had ever had. I did make a few adjustments. I didn't use the ground beef (there was plenty of meat between the two types of sausage) I also only used 3 cans of diced tomatoes and I used tomato puree b/c I didn't have any tomato sauce. Oh and I also upped the wine to 1 full cup (it really boosted the flavor). Anyway its a great recipe and it makes a ton , so you're able to freeze it and use later for a quick dinner.

Feb 14, 2013

I have been looking for a good tomato sauce recipe and I found it. This is excellent exactly as written!

Aug 21, 2012

Wow! So delicious! I omitted the ground beef because I didn't need that much sauce. I also added a heaping 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper because my family loves spicy food. So good!

May 07, 2013

I would make this again; it was easy and very tasty. I like all the tomato paste used--makes for a nice, thick sauce. The only note I have is to be aware that it feeds AN ARMY. I even cut out a pound of meat and used half of the diced tomatoes that the recipe called for! We will have leftovers AND enough to freeze for another meal. This was great for company and will feed a crowd, so thanks!

Apr 27, 2013

i have made this 4 times now.. it is fabulous!! i added a bit of sugar because i prefer some extra sweetness but this is by far the best sauce i have ever made! EVER!! we are having it for dinner tonight, and I love that it is slow cooker because there is no splatter mess all over the stove and it is cooked to perfection at the end of the day when I get home from work. thanks for sharing


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 16.6 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 17 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1565 mg
  • 63%

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

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Mealtime Money-Savers
Mealtime Money-Savers

Browse through over 500 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly meals.

Can What You Can't
Can What You Can't

The old saying goes, "Eat what you can, and can what you can't!" We have the know-how.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

See how to make a hearty tomato sauce with beef, pork, and pepperoni.

Cherry Tomato Sauce with Penne

An incredibly quick-and-easy pasta sauce with toasted garlic & cherry tomatoes.

Splendicious Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

A slow-simmering sauce with sausage, mushrooms, and red wine.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States