Spaghetti and Meat Sauce


I had mentioned in the February freezer cooking post that I had made some tweaks to turn my favorite red sauce into a meat sauce. Here is the end result of that experiment- a slow cooked, super flavorful sauce with bits of Italian sausage. This recipe makes a ton of sauce for a very reasonable price and freezes well.

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce


For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 –2 pounds of Italian sausage links of your preference. Hot, sweet, turkey or chicken it doesn’t matter; just use what you like.
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • #10 can of crushed tomatoes (the brand I use is 102 ounces)
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
For pasta:
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti for every 6-8 people
  • Meatballs for serving if desired


For the sauce:

In a skillet over medium heat sauté onions in olive oil until softened. Place in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker.  Top onions with Italian sausage. Pour crushed tomatoes over sausage and onions. Add salt, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and crushed red pepper. Gently stir in enough of the water to reach desired consistency. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Season to taste.

Remove sausage links from sauce and let cool. Cool the sauce in a shatter proof bowl in an ice bath. Slice the sausage into bite sized pieces and use a food processor or blender to break into smaller pieces if desired. Mix sausage with the sauce and freeze in 2-3 cup portions.

For the pasta:

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Mix with 3-4 cups of the prepared sauce and serve.


Thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. Heat in sauce pan until bubbling.

Adapted from  Easy Crockpot Red Sauce at Life as MOM

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11 thoughts on “Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

  1. frugalfeeding March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply

    What a genuinely yummy looking plate of food. I do adore this type of meaty sauce.

  2. Pasta Princess March 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm Reply

    This looks delicious! What time is dinner😉

  3. Kristin March 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply

    I love using Italian sausage in the sauce…it gives such a great flavor!

  4. Winelady Cooks March 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    How delicious with sausage. My mother-in-law would have loved this. She always, always, always added sausage in her sauce, did I say always – sometimes she didn’t make meatballs, only used sausage. Yep, hubby loves it too. I’ll have to make this for him.

    Stop by and visit, I’m #30 in the challenge.


  5. Lisa~~ March 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Italian sausage in the sauce sounds wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. Andi Winslow March 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply

    love sausage, i made sausage meatballs no other meat in them. andi

  7. Jennifer March 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Your sauce looks very flavourful!

    Jen #19

  8. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family March 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply


    I was #7 Have a Happy Friday:)

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