Best Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Hey everyone! I’m thrilled to share this incredible Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe. It’s a fantastic combination of juicy tomatoes and savory ground beef that comes together beautifully.

This recipe is all about simplicity. The slow cooker does all the hard work, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Plus, the taste is miles ahead of any jar sauce you can buy. Trust me, homemade is always better!

This sauce has become a regular on our dinner menu. It’s budget-friendly and slow cooks all day, filling the house with the most amazing aroma. The combination of ground beef, Italian herbs, and tomatoes creates a flavor explosion in every bite.

Here’s the best part: this sauce is healthier, tastier, and way cheaper than anything store-bought. Plus, you can control the ingredients and spice level to your liking.

Here are a few tips for making the perfect Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce:

  • Browning the Meat: Cook the ground beef with the onion and garlic in a skillet, breaking it up into small pieces. Drain any excess grease to keep the sauce light.
  • Slow Cooker Magic: Toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it simmer on low for low and slow flavor development.
  • No More Sticky Noodles: To prevent your cooked pasta from sticking together, give it a quick toss with some olive oil before serving.

Feel free to customize this recipe!

  • Meat Options: Don’t want beef? Swap it with ground turkey or even a half-and-half mix for a lighter option.
  • Wine Not? Add a splash of red wine to the slow cooker at the beginning for a richer flavor.
  • Spice It Up: Like things a little hotter? Throw in some red pepper flakes to give your sauce a kick.
  • Fresh is Best: If you have them on hand, fresh tomatoes can be a fantastic addition to this recipe.
  • Extra Flavor Boost: Pour in some beef broth for an extra layer of savory goodness.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ground beef
  • Italian sausage (optional)
  • Onion
  • Garlic, minced
  • Crushed tomatoes (diced work too!)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Italian seasoning
  • Bay leaves
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Step-by-Step:

  1. Brown the ground beef (and sausage, if using) with the onion and garlic in a skillet. Drain the fat.
  2. Transfer the meat mixture to your slow cooker.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  5. Serve the delicious sauce over your favorite pasta. You can enjoy it right away, or let it cool and freeze for later!
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Best Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Best Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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I’m thrilled to share this incredible Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe. It’s a fantastic combination of juicy tomatoes and savory ground beef that comes together beautifully.

  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 (15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup beef broth

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, sausage, onion, and garlic in a large skillet. Drain fat.
  2. Transfer everything to a slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta and enjoy!

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Use airtight containers for both.

  • Author: Anwar
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 477kcal
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 1984mg
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 83mg

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