Classic Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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  • 21 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings

This meaty sauce for pasta is cooked in the crock pot with ground beef, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and herbs, along with other seasonings.

This is a basic spaghetti sauce, perfect for a busy day meal. Just brown the ground beef and let the slow cooker do the rest.

Feel free to add some fresh herbs or crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce. Shredded carrots also make a nice addition because they add a slight sweetness. I sometimes add chopped bell peppers.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground chuck or ground round
  • 1 1/2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes (broken up)
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 ribs celery, (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried leaf oregano (crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil (crumbled)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • Optional: hot cooked spaghetti, linguine, or another variety of pasta
  • Garnish: parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet with the chopped onion; drain off excess fat.
  2. Place the ground beef and onions in the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for about 3 hours.

Serve this sauce with spaghetti or another variety pasta, and pass the Parmesan cheese.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 266
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 554 mg
Carbohydrates 17 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 25 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)