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Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Make slow maker spaghetti  with homemade spaghetti sauce with meat and angel hair pasta – all made right in your slow cooker.  Let the sauce simmer all day long, then add the pasta during the last 30 minutes of cooking for an easy and delicious dinner.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti with meat sauce

I had my doubts about this recipe.  Not about the meat sauce.  I was sure the sauce would be fantastic after simmering all day long.

But cooking pasta right in the sauce? In the slow cooker?

Yeah, I wasn’t sure that was going to work and I was terrified I was going to ruin an entire batch of amazing meat sauce.  My fears were completely unfounded.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

I started with a batch of my homemade Sicilian marinara and added ground beef to make it a meat sauce. I had to juggle things a bit to get them from a pan to the slow cooker, but it worked.

This was actually the first time I had cooked the sauce in the slow cooker. Usually I let it simmer on the stove all day long.

But I wanted to make sure I could leave it in a slow cooker if I had to leave. I did prop the top of the slow cooker a bit to let it vent while cooking.

Crock Pot Spaghetti

After about four hours on high, I got impatient (and hungry) and decided to put the pasta in. I used angel hair pasta because it’s thin and would cook easily.

I used a six quart oblong slow cooker and the past didn’t need to be broken to fit.  But I was concerned it would chunk together so once it softened enough to stir, I stirred it up to make sure it didn’t stick.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

It worked perfectly! It was delicious.  This would be a great way to make spaghetti for a pot luck or a party.


Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Yield: 10

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 29 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 head of garlic, finely diced
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta


  1. Brown the beef in a large frying pan and crumble apart. Strain fat and then place beef in the crock of a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Keep the frying pan heated and add 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Saute the garlic in the olive oil for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste keeping the cans. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove the tomatoes from heat and pour into the slow cooker with the beef. Add 1 can of water from both the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Add basil, pepper flakes and sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover the slow cooker leaving the lid slightly ajar. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Add the pasta to the sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Beak the past up to fit in your slow cooker. If it is big enough to put the pasta in whole, make sure to stir it around when it's soft so the strands don't stick to each other.
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  • Kitty
    January 6, 2019

    Hi, how many oz of tomato paste? 6?

    • Camille
      January 7, 2019

      The small can – I think it’s 6?

  • Amy
    March 24, 2018

    A whole head of garlic, not just a few cloves??

    • Camille
      March 26, 2018

      I like a lot of garlic! But you can use a few cloves if you don’t. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    December 26, 2017

    Only 1oz from a can of crushed tomatoes??? I would think the entire can? Looking @ pinterest recipes to make in hotel room while family hunts. lol. This looks delicious just want to be sure I have correct everything to pack.

    • Camille
      December 27, 2017

      No, you need 1 29 oz can of crushed tomatoes 🙂

  • Lisa
    June 25, 2016

    My girls LOVE spaghetti and I’ve never thought to make it with the slow cooker! Thanks so much for such a great idea and for sharing it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  • Marisa Boonstra
    June 22, 2016

    This looks so yummy! I love spaghetti and we usually eat it once a week. Definitely isn’t something I would think you could make in a crockpot. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with #FamilyJoy Blog Link-Up Party!

  • Audrey
    June 21, 2016

    I would be hesitant to try to cook pasta in the slow cooker too, but if you say it works I will give it a go. Thanks for partying with us on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I always love to see what you share with us.

  • Christine
    June 20, 2016

    Slow cooker recipes are my favorite. Can’t wait to try this one!