Laurie's Absolute Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
6hrs 20mins
20 mins
6 hrs

Description from Laurie: I've been using this recipe for 17 years. A friend of mine was a nurse's aide at a nursing home, and was given this recipe by a sweet old Italian lady there--so what a surprise, since this recipe calls for all powdered spices. Besides this recipe making really delicious sauce, it is consistently good because everything is measured. I also measure the spices into a baggie and take it on vacation to make for dinner at the rental. I make the sauce nearly every week because it is a family favorite and the price is right (the sauce costs .88 per can and the paste is .33 a can, and all my spices are the cheapie brand. Sometimes I double it and freeze some --- but the armona is so enticing that it makes it worth it to cook it up fresh.

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  1. Add all ingredients, except soda in a large crock-pot.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add soda (to reduce tomato acid) and 1/2 cup of cheese. Stir.
  4. One hour before serving, make meatballs about golfball sized, dropping them into the sauce raw. The meatballs will soak up and absorb the sauce.