Ann’s Spaghetti Sauce

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This is Michael’s mom’s spaghetti sauce, the one he grew up with. His mom has quite a sense of humor. She jokes that she isn’t Italian so she can’t make Italian spaghetti, but she’s Polish so she can make “Polish spaghetti.” Authentic or not, it’s a good, easy multi-purpose sauce that you can use for spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, or other baked pasta dishes, and you can cook it all day in the slow cooker or in a couple hours on the stove.

Ann’s Spaghetti Sauce
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A Meyers family favorite adapted from Ann Meyers.
Serves: 3 quarts
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (optional)
  1. Slow cooker: Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook on high for 1 hour and then on low for 6 hours or more. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
  2. Stove: Put all ingredients in the 6-quart pot and stir. Cover and cook on medium until the sauce just begins to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2-1/2 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
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6-quart slow cooker or 6-quart pot with a lid

Recipe Notes:

This makes an all-purpose sauce that we use for many things. Throw in some meatballs during the last two hours of cooking, or use the sauce for lasagna.


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  1. Dave Lindner says

    I don’t wonder that this is a favorite. It reads remarkably close to a sauce I’ve been making myself for over 30 years. I use all sauce and paste and not the crushed and diced, leave off that optional italian seasoning (and the salt; there’s plenty already even in plain commerical canned toamto sauces). But the pepper, garlic, basil, oregano and bay leaves read very familiar and their ratios to one another. I’ve got some cooking today, and there will be good eatin’ tonight :)


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