Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce


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Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce is a rich, thick and meaty sauce made easy in the slow cooker.

A simple combination of ground beef & Italian sausage, tomatoes and our favorite seasonings creates a sauce perfect over pasta or in lasagna!

Spaghetti sauce served on spaghetti with basil and parsley

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Everyone has a spaghetti sauce recipe but this one is a favorite because it’s flavorful and incredibly easy! This versatile sauce can be kept simple or your favorite veggies, seasonings, or meats can be added.

Crock pot Spaghetti ingredients

Ingredients

This is our most basic recipe, perfect on its own or with your favorite add-ins.

MEAT
This spaghetti sauce is made with ground beef and Italian sausage. It can be made with ground chicken, ground pork, or even ground turkey!

VEGGIES
Onions and green peppers are added to this sauce. Switch it up and adding shredded zucchini, sliced mushrooms, or even small diced squash for an additional nutritional boost!

SAUCE
Fresh tomatoes can be substituted for the canned tomatoes, but the tomato paste and tomato sauce are base ingredients that give this sauce its savory deep flavor.

Crock pot spaghetti ingredients in a slow cooker

How to Make Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe couldn’t be easier!

  1. Cook meat, onion, and garlic until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  2. Add meat and remaining ingredients (per recipe below) to a 6QT slow cooker.
  3. Prepare pasta, serve with pasta sauce on top and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Crockpot spaghetti sauce being served

Tips for Success

  • Drain the meat after browning.
  • If you’d like a thicker sauce, simply continue to cook in the crockpot with the lid off until it is thickened, or simmer it in a saucepan until it thickens, stirring often.
  • Cook spaghetti in salted water until it is al dente (a little firm). Do not rinse the pasta, this helps the sauce adhere to it.
  • Freeze sauce on its own without pasta and add fresh pasta when serving.

From frozen, slow cooker spaghetti sauce should last about a month in the freezer. Simply thaw and reheat in a bowl in the microwave. Serve this slow cooker spaghetti sauce with meatballs or with just some noodles, this recipe is amazing for any occasion! Perfect for a party, a potluck, or a special family celebration!

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Review Recipe

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce is a delicious option for dinner, any day of the week!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage or use all ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes canned do not drain
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons each fresh parsley and basil plus extra for garnish if desired

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Instructions

  • Brown ground beef, sausage, onions, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add beef mixture and remaining ingredients (except fresh herbs & pasta) to crock pot.
  • Cook on High for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Stir in fresh herbs just before serving.
  • Prepare spaghetti or pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Top spaghetti with meat sauce. Garnish with additional herbs if desired.

Recipe Notes

Prepare spaghetti in salted water until it is al dente (Italian for "to the bite"). Do not rinse the pasta, this helps the sauce adhere to it.
If using fresh herbs, stir them in just before serving for the best flavor. (Parsley and basil are favorites in this recipe).
Freeze sauce on its own without pasta and add fresh pasta when serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 266, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 1255mg, Potassium: 1192mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 965IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Best Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, How to Make Spaghetti Sauce in the Crock Pot, Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta, Sauce, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. I seen your recipe for this sauce and cooking it at t his very minute in my so cooker, I have made and tossed many other spaghetti sauce recipes in the trash, I’m hoping yours is going to be a keeper! I used mild ground Italian sausage 1 lb. My wife Susan who battled brain cancer died and her awsome recipes went with her, everyone is eating good in Heaven!5 stars

  2. That looks yummy! This is one variation of spaghetti sauce that I haven’t tried yet. Will definitely try it out!5 stars

  3. Very close to the recipe I use when making my sauce in a regular stock pot. A few easy modifications I would offer, replace the diced and crushed tomatoes with 2 cans of San Marzano tomatoes. This would also eliminate the need for any sugar as San Marzanos are more than sweet enough on their own, I never add sugar to anything tomato based. If you find your sauce to be acidic, you need better quality tomatoes or you can add a very small pinch of baking soda to your sauce to counter that. The other thing is to add a couple of bay leaves to the sauce. They are indispensable in any tomato sauce.

    If you really want to take the flavour over the top, finely chop three or four anchovy fillets and add them to your frying pan with the garlic and veggies. They will totally dissolve, leaving only an amazing umami flavour behind. I also suggest adding half of your Italian spice blend when you brown the ground beef as the fat in the beef will release more of the flavours of the herbs and spices. Add the rest near the end of cooking so that they do not lose their flavours by cooking them too long. I usually do the same with the onions and green pepper, holding a small quantity to add near the end of cooking to bring a brighter, fresher taste and a different texture to the sauce.

    These are very easy mods that add no time or difficulty to the recipe but will add a large boost to the taste in the end.5 stars

    1. Thank you for sharing your tips Robert! Great suggestion on the tomatoes and I do love the umami that anchovies add to dishes in small amounts.

    1. The fresh tomatoes should replace only the diced tomatoes (you’ll still need the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste). You’ll need about 3-4 cups diced.