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Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours


12 servings (3 quarts)

My father is very opinionated, especially about food. This recipe received his almost unreachable stamp of approval. I have yet to hear a disagreement from anyone who has tried it! —Melissa Taylor, Higley, Arizona


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 4 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, oil and seasonings.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti.

Can you freeze Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce?

Cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve with spaghetti.

Spaghetti Sauce Tips

What is the difference between spaghetti sauce and marinara sauce?

Traditionally, marinara sauce is quick, simple and made with just a handful of ingredients. Spaghetti sauce, on the other hand, is more complex. It can feature meat, vegetables and a wide variety of seasonings.

What is the best spaghetti sauce?

If you don’t have time to make homemade spaghetti sauce, a store-bought version will work in a pinch. We tested 11 different brands and liked this one the best.

What pasta shapes go best with this sauce?

While spaghetti is the obvious choice, most long pasta noodles will work well. Feel free to open up a box of linguine, fettuccine, pappardelle or any other noodle that will hold up to this hearty spaghetti sauce recipe.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 335 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.