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Slow Cooker Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

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Slow cooker hearty spaghetti sauce is the perfect sauce for your pasta night. It tastes great with any type of pasta.

Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

One of the best things about making spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker is how flavorful the sauce gets from simmering all day long.  This sauce is hearty and on the thicker side – not super thin and runny.

Making this slow cooker hearty spaghetti sauce is very simple too. It pairs great with your favorite pasta whether it’s piled on top, or mixed in. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The slow cooker does most of the work
  • Flavorful sauce from simmering all day
  • Super easy to make
  • Easy ingredients, mostly spices
  • Kid friendly and a family favorite 
Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

Ingredients 

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic clove
  • Yellow onion
  • Green pepper
  • Lean ground beef
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Italian seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground black pepper
Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

How to make this recipe

1 – Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and ground beef to the skillet and cook until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and no longer pink.

2 – Drain the ground beef of any excess grease, then transfer it to the slow cooker.

3 – Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste to the slow cooker, not draining the tomatoes.

4 – Add the salt, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and ground pepper. Mix all the ingredients to combine everything.

5 – Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Top your favorite pasta!

Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

How do I store my leftover spaghetti sauce?

Transfer cooled spaghetti sauce to airtight container and keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Can I freeze my leftover spaghetti sauce?

Yes! Place cooled spaghetti sauce in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

Please Note

Different slow cookers may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (approximately 2/3 cup): 124

Yield: 12 Servings

Slow Cooker Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Slow Cooker hearty spaghetti sauce

Slow cooker hearty spaghetti sauce is the perfect sauce for your pasta night. It tastes great with any type of pasta.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 lb 93/7 lean ground beef
  • 56 oz canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried pregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and ground beef to the skillet and cook until ground beef is thoroughly cooked through and no longer pink. Drain the ground beef of any excess grease. Transfer to the slow cooker. 
  2. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste to the slow cooker. Add salt, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Mix to combine all ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Notes

  • Serve spaghetti sauce over your favorite pasta.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 590mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Krissy Allori

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I've never made my own spaghetti sauce. I always thought it would be too much work. But this recipe looks so easy and I love that I can use my crockpot for it. I'm going to give it a go. Thank you!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of May 2020

I hope you enjoy, Krissy. :)

Christie Gagnon

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

So much great flavor in this recipe!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of May 2020

Thanks, Christie. :)

Heidy

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

This Slow cooker hearty spaghetti sauce sure does look hearty with all those yummy chunks of tomatoes and veggies in it. I bet it would be great over penne pasta or another chunky-style pasta. I will have to give this a try sometime in the near future when we have pasta. Looks great.

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of May 2020

Thanks, Heidy! I hope you enjoy. :)

Cathleen

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I love a good slow cooker recipe. I have been eating a lot of pasta lately, so I am definitely giving this a go!!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of May 2020

That's great, Cathleen! I hope you enjoy. :)

Jessica Formicola

Monday 11th of May 2020

You just can't beat homemade sauce, and it's even better that it's made in the slow cooker! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

simplylowcal

Monday 11th of May 2020

Thanks, Jessica. I agree, homemade sauce is the best! :)

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