Classic Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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  • Total: 21 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
266 Calories
12g Fat
17g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 554mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 25g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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

Steps 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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