Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce, from Scratch, ala Rita, Slow Cooker Style

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 291.1
  • Total Fat: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.7 mg
  • Sodium: 91.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 28.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.2 g
  • Protein: 21.4 g


Fresh tomatoes, fresh veggies. low sodium, in slow cooker Fresh tomatoes, fresh veggies. low sodium, in slow cooker
Number of Servings: 6


    6 cups fresh tomato, diced
    8 oz Carolina ground turkey
    8 oz 93% lean ground beef
    2 cup diced onion
    1-1/2 cup chopped green pepper
    1-1/2 cup diced zucchini
    2 c chopped yellow/crookneck squash
    16 oz fresh sliced mushrooms
    1-6 oz can Hunts No Salt Added tomato paste
    2 cup burgundy wine
    1 Tbsp garlic powder
    1/2 Tbsp cracked black pepper (or to taste)
    1 Tbsp oregano
    1/2 Tbsp dried basil
    1 Tbsp dry Italian Seasoning


Brown meat. I like mine very fine, so I put them through the food processor after browning. Put meat in slow cooker. In pan with reserved drippings heat onion, bell pepper and garlic until just looses firmness. Add to slow cooker. Add tomato paste, stir. Cook on low 4 - 6 hours.
Stir, add burgundy wine. Cook on low additional 1-2 hours.
Makes about 3 quarts. Serving size about 2 cups.
Serve over hot noodles or rice.

*Can also be cooked for an hour in pan or in oven on 350* for about 2 hours. The longer it cookes, the more flavorful it will be. IF YOU COOK IN THE OVEN, stir and check heat. Spray whatever you cook this in with non-stick - including the lid ;)
I cooked it on low for 18 hours this last time and Mmm! SO GOOD!

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MRSHONEYC.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    This is fabulous! I add whatever veggies I have on hand. I use turkey and have even made it without meat sauce. - 1/17/16

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    My hubby not only has to now have low sodium, but he also has gout problems. So little beef and no turkey. I think I will try this with chicken 3/4's and ground beef 1/4. He also can't have mushrooms, dang it. - 3/8/15

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    This looks like it will be very tasty. I want to get it absolutely right. I didn't read in here when I put in the fresh tomato, squash, onion, zucchini, mushroom. oregano and dried basil. Sorry I'm new to cooking so none of this is intuitive. Can someone help please? - 8/13/08

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    Very Good
    This recipe was really good. I just added fresh garlic and fresh oregano. I put over whole wheat pasta and was DEEEE-LIC-IOUS. - 3/19/08

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    I would like to try this sounds really good - 11/20/07