The Best Slow Cooker Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Want a healthy sauce for pasta, but don’t have time to stay in the kitchen? Prep and forget our hearty meat sauce packed with veggies in the slow cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 3cloves fresh garlicfinely minced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • ½lb bulk Italian sausagemild or hot, depending upon your preference
  • 2 large carrotspeeled and grated
  • 1 large sweet bell pepperdiced
  • 315 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 16 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2teaspoons dried basil
  • minced fresh basilfor garnish
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheesefor garnish
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic. Saute until transparent, but not brown.
  2. Add the ground beef and the Italian sausage. Cook until the meat is browned, breaking up large chunks.
  3. Drain the meat thoroughly in a colander, pressing down to remove most of the grease. Transfer to a large pot insert of a slow cooker.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients: carrots, peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and basil. Stir until everything is fully mixed.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours. Serve over your favorite pasta. Garnish with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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