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slow cooker spaghetti sauce

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Sara Brown
Houston, TX

Some of us a very particular about our spaghetti and how it's made. While this may not be an authentic way of making sauce, it is super tasty! Kid and Husband approved. You'll see that I add the spaghetti noodles to the sauce an hour before serving and allow the noodles to absorb some sauce. This makes the spaghetti super tender and brings the dish together. Yum!

(2 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For slow cooker spaghetti sauce

  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 c
    onion (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 1 pkg
    italian dressing mix
  • 1/8 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    dried italian herbs
  • 2 tsp
    white sugar
  • 16 oz
    thin spaghetti
  • 32 oz
    prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (12 ounces)

How To Make slow cooker spaghetti sauce

  • 1
    Finely dice one small onion. Sweat the onion along with the minced garlic in some olive oil on Medium heat. Be careful that the onion and garlic do not brown but just soften.
  • 2
    After softening the onion and garlic add the ground beef. Cook beef until no longer pink. While cooking, add salt and pepper, italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Drain beef.
  • 3
    Set the slow cooker to High. Add all ingredients to the crock pot along with the beef. Allow the sauce to cook on High for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 4
    One hour before you're ready to serve, cook the Thin Spaghetti Noodles. Only cook the noodles for about 5 minutes. Noodles will be slightly undercookes. Set the Slow cooker on Keep Warm or turn Off.
  • 5
    Before you drain the noodles, reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain the undercooked noodles. Add the noodles and pasta water to the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir together and let stand on Keep Warm or Off for 1 hour. Noodles will finish cooking in the sauce until tender.
  • 6
    Serve with a green salad and garlic bread.