Fall Recipe: Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce


From Carly Dunn, Registered Dietitian

For most households, our children are heading back to school this week. This means more hectic schedules, including homework, soccer practice, PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences and late night study sessions. Slow cookers are a great time saver for the busy parent who needs to get a satisfying and healthy dinner on the table. Slow cookers are great for a more intense and rich flavor, especially spaghetti sauce! Try this kid-friendly recipe, which makes enough sauce for several meals.

Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce


1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. ground Italian sausage

3 large jars spaghetti sauce (24-28 oz. each)

¼ cup minced garlic


Brown ground beef and sausage with garlic. Drain excess oil.

Add meat to crock pot.

Add spaghetti sauce.  Mix meat and sauce.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

This recipe will leave you with 3-4 extra meals! Portion extra sauce into containers or freezer bags and freeze.

Helpful Hints

For chunky sauce, add 2 cans diced tomatoes.

For smoother sauce, run the meat through a food processor.

For increased vegetable intake, add carrots, zucchini & diced tomatoes to food processor.

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