Stamp of Approval Spaghetti Sauce

I cut this recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine recently. It looked so good-- which to me is a good enough reason to cut everything out of magazines. I didn't have some of the ingredients like Worcestershire sauce or dried marjoram, but I figured that it would taste fine without. I halved this recipe also since I wasn't going to be serving 12. (I didn't half the seasonings though- gotta love flavor!)

2 pounds ground beef
3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
4 medium onions, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained (I put these in the blender for 5 seconds before adding to the sauce)
4 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup minced fresh or dried parsley 
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 bay leaves
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Hot cooked spaghetti
(1/4 cup of worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp of dried marjoram.)

In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, oil and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

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