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Please step away from the jarred spaghetti sauce. Put your hands up, and back away slowly.

Want to make your taste buds sing the halleluiah chorus? Then stop eating the grocery store variety and whip up a batch of my favorite all-purpose sauce. Preparing ‘from scratch’ dinners shouldn’t be reserved for the domestic gourmet.

All you need is my favorite time-busting weapon in the kitchen (the crock-pot) and a couple minutes to toss some ingredients together in the morning. Then walk away. It’s that easy.

You’ll come home from work to sauce that’ll make an Italian grandma jump for joy.

Warning: The ingredient list looks deceptively long, but take heart, it is mostly seasoning. Which equals deliciousness. I promise, this recipe takes under five minutes to throw together.


  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons parsely
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (ground)


Dump all ingredients together into a crock-pot and set it on low. This can cook from 4-6 hours, the recipe is very forgiving. If you are around while it is cooking, it benefits from occasional stirring. If not, no worries. I’m never home when it’s cooking.

*Variation: for the meat lovers among us, brown ½ pound to a pound of sweet Italian sausage and ½ pound of lean ground beef. Add meat to sauce when adding all other ingredients.


In any recipe that calls for spaghetti sauce.

This is delicious in lasagna and on noodles.

I’ll make it and then use a few cups the next day in the crock-pot with Italian sausage and let them cook a few hours and serve on brat buns for lunch…amazing.

Happy Cooking!


About Jess Keller

I'm an author, speaker and chocolate eater who's chasing hard after my dreams.

4 responses »

  1. This sounds good, Jessica! I’m going to try it 🙂

  2. It’s worth it Alyssa, and so easy! This is the same sauce I made when I had you guys over for lasanga. I think Jon liked it 😉

  3. I will be trying this recipe soon!!! Sounds yummy.


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