Laurie's Absolute Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
6hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.


Most Helpful

This was absolutely delicious. Adding the raw meatballs gave the sauce good flavor and kept the meatballs moist. The perfect sauce recipe. I did replace the second ingredient entry for onion powder with oregano. I only used a pound of meat for the meatballs and still had more than plenty.

Laura O. July 23, 2011

This is a nice change from my usual pasta sauce (NOT a replacement, just a nice change!), & I doubled the recipe, as well, so some could be frozen! You're adding of the baking soda to the sauce after it had cooked was appreciated (Would have done it anyway, if your recipe hadn't called for it!) & it all turned out just great! Thanks for sharing! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]

Sydney Mike September 29, 2008

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