Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs
This is a spaghetti sauce recipe that I've developed over time. You may alter the ground meat as you please; sometimes I use all ground beef when I find a good sale but half beef/half pork is pretty tasty. My crock pot is my best friend at times when I'm having busy days at work but still want a decent meal on the table for my family. I serve spaghetti with crusty bread and a romaine salad. Cook time is the crock pot cooking time. This recipe is for a 4 quart crock pot, halve it if your pot is smaller.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 garlic cloves, pressed
- 4 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 4 teaspoons dried basil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Brown meats and onion in a skillet and drain well.
- Transfer to your crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.
Loved this sauce...instead of ground pork I used (3) Hot Italian Turkey sausages which I sliced and browned before adding. Also used (2) 15 1/2 oz. can tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano and (1) regular can diced tomatos. Used tomato paste with Italian Herbs added. Kept the 5 cloves of garlic but reduced the dried spices to about half omitting the thyme. Made enough for dinner with plenty leftover to freeze. Delicious!!
I love the addition of pork to the sauce. It adds a whole new flavor to spaghetti sauce. Don't forget to remove the bay leaves before serving.
Hey Jude, this recipe is FANTASTIC,thank you so much, it is greatly appreciated. I did add fresh sliced mushrooms about half way through the cook time,otherwise followed the directions. Everything blends for a perfect flavored sauce. I plan to keep this on hand in the freezer.