Homemade spaghetti sauce makes a great meal.


If spaghetti is on your favorite food list and could eat day after day, this recipe is for you!

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Reserve a morning that allows time to make up a large quantity of spaghetti sauce. Prepare and serve immediately after cooking; freeze the rest for later.

Ingredients and measurements:

  • 1.5 pounds of sirloin hamburger.
  • Four 28 oz cans of plum whole tomatoes.
  • Two cans 16 oz of tomato sauce.
  • One teaspoon of minced fresh garlic (purchase already minced or mince one whole clove).
  • One tablespoon of chopped finely white onion.
  • Two cups of quartered fresh white button mushrooms.
  • One to two teaspoons of dried oregano.
  • One to two teaspoons of dried basil.
  • One to two teaspoons of dried Italian spice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot chili pepper flakes
  • One tablespoon of salt.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fresh ground pepper.
  • One tablespoon of grated cheese.

Creating the sauce:

  1. Pour 1/2 of canned tomatoes into the crockpot and turn the heat on the crockpot. (Having crockpot warm and adding hot food, starts cooking process immediately.)
  2. In a large frypan, sauté hamburger with onion, garlic, spices, salt/pepper until golden brown.
  3. Add 1/2 of the tomato products to the hamburger mixture, cook until bubbly. The sauce should be hot when poured into the crockpot.
  4. Pour hot hamburger mixture carefully into heated six-quart crockpot (take care when transferring from stove to the crockpot).
  5. Stir in mushrooms.
  6. Cook at high temperature in the crockpot for at least eight hours.
  7. Turn off the crockpot. Pour sauce into two large bowls no higher than four inches to ensure food safety for cooling. Place lid at an angle to let hot air escape. Cover completely once cooled.

Serving size:

Ten one-cup servings of sauce.

What to do with leftovers:

  • Freeze leftover spaghetti sauce flat in freezer zip lock bags or in individual containers.
  • Stays fresh up to three months.


  • Prepare angel hair pasta the night before or the morning before work.
  • Do not recommend freezing pasta (tends to become soggy) unless it is mixed with the sauce.

Preparing a dish for a meal:

  1. Pour one cup of sauce over 1/2 cup of pasta.
  2. Top with one tablespoon of grated cheese.

Diabetic nutrition facts:

One cup of any mixed food is approximately 30 grams of carbohydrate.

Thank you for reading.

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Buckeye, AZ

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