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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is rich, hearty and easy to make. This sauce mixes flavorful ground beef and pork with vegetables and sweet tomatoes. Spice up your weekly pasta meal with this slow cooker bolognese sauce. 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce with Wine

SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI SAUCE

We can all use a good spaghetti sauce recipe to come back to time and time again, right? In my house we like two types of sauce for our pasta meals. One is a thinner vegetarian sauce and the other is today’s Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce that uses ground pork and ground beef. When you look at the recipe you will probably realize it is very similar to a bolognese sauce recipe. 

This sauce recipe is hearty and filling. I love it when I need a comforting meal to fill me up. I especially like this sauce during the cold winter months. The ground pork and beef aren’t the only stars of this recipe though, the vegetables shine brightly as well. I add sweet onion, celery and carrots to this sauce but you can add any vegetables you fancy.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce Above

When I was a child my favorite meal that my mom made was spaghetti with meatballs. I remember the smell when it was spaghetti night at our house — it filled the house. We would eat it alongside a big salad and crusty Italian bread. 

There was something comforting about that meal and every time I make it at home for my family I am reminded of those happy times. Do you have a meal that does that for you? 

It is funny because my kids love spaghetti night as much as I do now. This Bolognese style sauce is one of their favorites! 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce Above with Fork

COOKING METHOD AND TIPS

One thing I love about this Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce recipe is how easy it is to prepare. I used my slow cooker for this recipe so that it could cook low and slow all day and bring out the flavors. You can easily make this recipe on the stove as well. For either recipe you will start by browning the meat and then sautéing the garlic, onion, carrots and celery.

SLOW COOKER VERSION: Add the browned meat and the sautéed vegetables into the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Once it is done serve warm with pasta and crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce. 

STOVE TOP VERSION: For a stove top version brown the meat, sauté the veggies and then add the remaining ingredients in a large pot. Give the sauce a good stir and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 to 4 hours. The longer you simmer that sauce the more flavor will develop. 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce Two Bowls

WHAT INGREDIENTS CAN I ADD TO THIS SPAGHETTI SAUCE?

One of my favorite things to do with a sauce is bulk it up with vegetables. This recipe works great with zucchini or mushrooms added in. 

Try changing up the meat you use to whatever you might have on hand. I find that ground beef, pork or sausage works nicely. I especially like using a combination of two ground meats to enhance the flavor. 

Spice up your sauce using crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper. 

Add a parmesan rind into your sauce the last hour of cooking in the slow cooker or stove for extra flavor and creaminess. I always freeze the leftover parmesan rinds when we are done with them to throw in soups and sauces. 

Freeze your leftover spaghetti sauce for later. Make sure to cool completely and then place into a few gallon sized resealable freezer bags. I like to lay them flat on a pan and place in the freezer until they are solid. Thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stove to serve.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce in the Crockpot

WHAT TO SERVE WTIH THIS SPAGHETTI SAUCE?

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Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing 

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Green Beans with  Brown Butter

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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta // The Recipe Critic 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce with Wine

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is rich, hearty and easy to make. This sauce mixes flavorful ground beef and pork with vegetables and sweet tomatoes. Spice up your weekly pasta meal with this slow cooker bolognese sauce. 

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 sweet large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk, whole milk is a great choice but anything works
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and add the beef and pork. Cook until browned, drain the fat and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in the same skillet. Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute. Add the garlic, carrots and celery and saute for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the red wine into the skillet and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping up the browned bits on the pan.
  4. Add the red wine and vegetables into the slow cooker along with the meat. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, milk, thyme, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and give it a good stir.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. Serve over pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Notes

One of my favorite things to do with a sauce is bulk it up with vegetables. This recipe works great with zucchini or mushrooms added in. 

Try changing up the meat you use to whatever you might have on hand. I find that ground beef, pork or sausage works nicely. I especially like using a combination of two ground meats to enhance the flavor. 

Add a parmesan rindinto your sauce the last hour of cooking in the slow cooker or stove for extra flavor and creaminess. I always freeze the leftover parmesan rinds when we are done with them to throw in soups and sauces. 

Freeze your leftover spaghetti sauce for later.Make sure to cool completely and then place into a few gallon sized resealable freezer bags. I like to lay them flat on a pan and place in the freezer until they are solid. Thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stove to serve.

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Eileen

Friday 15th of October 2021

Am wondering if this would still be flavorful without the meat? I need to make a vegan version. Thank you

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