This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is full of flavor and hearty, featuring ground beef and sausage. Just throw the ingredients in the crock pot and enjoy.
Barbara found this recipe in her trusty Pot O’Gold Cookbook and the original recipe was made on the stove top. She adapted the recipe to be done in the crock pot.
This is a hearty sauce with lots of ground beef. This is not a recipe for those who like a thinner sauce that easily coats all of the pasta.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
For full disclosure, we are all about using store-bought spaghetti sauce. There are some great options out there.
However, making your own spaghetti sauce is really simple and this recipe is a great one!
This sauce is thick, meaty, and oh-so flavorful. It features both ground beef and pork sausage (you can use ground pork if you’d like).
Just brown up both on the stove top and add the onions and garlic before all the ingredients go into your slow cooker.
If you don’t want to put it together in the morning to enjoy at dinnertime, just cook it on the stove top following the instructions in the note section of the recipe below.
This recipe makes a ton. Barbara froze half of it and used it later to make another batch of spaghetti.
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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is rich and hearty with plenty of ground beef and sausage.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 lb. pork sausage
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 3 15.5 oz. cans tomato sauce
- 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
- 1 to mato sauce can of water optional, if you like really thick sauce, you can omit
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 Tablespoons sweet basil
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon pepper
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Brown hamburger and pork sausage. Add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are tender.
- Add all ingredients to the crock pot.
- Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove bay leaves before serving.
Want to make this on the stove top?
Follow instructions above, but use a large saucepan.
You may need 2 tomato sauce cans of water, depending on how thick you like your sauce.
Bring sauce to a slow boil, then turn down to a simmer.
Simmer until ready to serve.