Slow Cooker (Spaghetti and) Meat Sauce

My Girlies love any and all pasta dishes and this meat sauce is a favorite.

I adapted this recipe from my Grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs recipe.  Why?  Because my Grandma was the b-e-s-t cook.  Because sometimes I don’t have the time to (read with an Italian accent) maka da meatballs.  Because it’s super duper easy and tasty, too.

I throw everything into the slow cooker and leave it alone. It’s perfect for those times when I’m running around like a crazy momma all day and I know I don’t have the time energy desire to cook a complicated dinner.


  1. 1 lb. ground beef, browned and grease drained
  2. 2 28oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  3. 2 15oz. cans of tomato sauce
  4. 1 6oz. can of tomato paste
  5. 12oz of water
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  8. 1 tsp. dried thyme
  9. 2 tsp. salt
  10. 1 tsp. pepper
  11. 4 cloves garlic, minced

This is so easy and delicious, you’re going to skip around the block.  I promise.  Be sure to shout woohoo while you’re skipping.  It’s more fun that way.

Throw all the ingredients into the slower cooker.

Stir to mix it up.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  That’s it.


Can you stand it?

Pinch yourself.

I know.  It’s unbelievable.

When you’re ready to eat dinner, cook some of your favorite pasta and top it with the meat sauce and a little parmesan cheese. D-E-L-I-S-H!!

Add a little garden salad, some garlic bread and some wine for you and milk for the kids and you have a yummy dinner that seems like you slaved in the kitchen all day.

And you didn’t.  Shhhh…. I won’t tell.

Buon Appetito!


One thought on “Slow Cooker (Spaghetti and) Meat Sauce

  1. Since Ii like easy, I think I’ll get the cans, carry the crock pot to the kitchen and dump the stuff in and turn on the pot. I have some ground turkey I need to use–that would work.
    Keep the easy stuff coming–I’m into food that looks like hours are spent making it, but the pot does the work! Love, Mom


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