Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe for the Stovetop & Crockpot

Spaghetti Night is a cherished event in our home. In fact, it was one of my first victories over the picky-eater battle with Nikolai! This Spaghetti Sauce Recipe is a family favorite and has been passed down for generations.

I remember my mother and grandmother simmering this recipe all day long. The smells swirling around the house bring back sweet memories! We love to enjoy this Spaghetti sauce recipe on cooler, fall days sitting around the kitchen table. It’s a meaningful way to close out the weekend and begin another week all together.

Recently, Nikolai and I went live on Instagram to show just how easy this recipe is. Check out our video for a step-by-step process.

Healthy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

If you are interested in a healthier version, this recipe pairs well with whole wheat pasta noodles, gluten-free pasta noodles and other pasta substitutions. This sauce freezes beautifully. Simply put your leftovers in a Tupperware container when cool and freeze. Defrost in the fridge or sink for several hours.

Sometimes, leftover spaghetti sauce can become think and congealed as it rests. To loosen up the sauce, add tomato juice or sauce to the leftovers to the desired consistency in a saucepan, and warm.

Many of the ingredients are flexible in this recipe. If stewed tomatoes aren’t available, another can of diced tomatoes will do just fine – and vice versa. I make it a point never to pigeonhole myself with recipe ingredients!

Bialetti Pasta Pot
Yes, I know it’s not spaghetti noodles, but I had to show this awesome pot!

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe for the Stovetop or Crockpot

Versatility is an important factor when I consider recipes. This Spaghetti sauce recipe can be made on the stovetop or the crockpot. Toss it all in and simmer until dinner!

It’s also a great way to sneak in a few veggies! I used Monterey Mushrooms in this particular recipe. The mushrooms are finely diced and include Italian seasonings, which add even more flavor.

Monterey Mushrooms
Monterey Mushrooms Italian Blend

If you haven’t tried the Bialetti Pasta Pot, it’s a great addition to your kitchen! They sent me this product to review, and quite honestly, I can’t remember life before it! The easy-lock and strain lid keeps the pasta in and gets the hot water out — without burns, splashes or pasta catastrophes!

Bialetti Pasta Pot
Bialetti Pasta Pot

Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This Spaghetti Sauce Recipe is easy to make on the stovetop or in the crockpot. 

- Simmer for 6 hours in the crockpot, or at least 1 hour on the stovetop.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Sauce, Spaghetti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 large Onion diced
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 Package of Monterey Mushrooms Italian Style
  • 2 12 oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 12 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 12 oz Can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 pound Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

For the Stovetop

  1. In a large dutch oven, add one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown until crumbled.

  2. Add diced onion, minced garlic and chopped Monterey Mushrooms to the same pot, until onion turns translucent.

  3. Add cans of sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste to pot and stir well.

  4. Add Oregano and Basil, and a pinch of sugar, if desired.

  5. Simmer on stovetop for at least one hour, or until fragrant and flavorful!

For the Crockpot

  1. In a large frying pan, add one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown until crumbled. Add to crockpot.

  2. Add diced onion, minced garlic and chopped Monterey Mushrooms to the same pot, until onion turns translucent.

  3. Add cans of sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste to pot and stir well.

  4. Add Oregano and Basil, and a pinch of sugar, if desired.

  5. Simmer in crockpot for 4 hours, or until fragrant and flavorful!

Recipe Notes

  • Cook time is not precise. As long as the meat is cooked through, the sauce is technically cooked; however, the longer the sauce cooks the more flavor the dish will have.
  • A pinch of sugar reduces the acidity of the recipe. It's not necessary, but many people add a pinch of sugar to their tomato sauces.
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