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The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI SAUCE

This delicious spaghetti sauce with ground beef and Italian sausage virtually cooks itself and is truly the best I’ve ever made
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 3 QUARTS

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ¾ pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 4 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14 ½ ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven, cook the ground meat, Italian sausage, chopped onions, and minced garlic until you no longer see any pink in the meat. Discard any excess fat if you want a leaner version.
  • Place cooked meat mixture in a 5 qt slow cooker and add the spices, sugar, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and canola oil.
  • Add the ½ cup of water, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours. If you can’t wait for the 8 hour cooking time, you can cook it on high for 4 hours.
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