Slow-Cooker Garden-Fresh Spaghetti Sauce

Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

So my lovely neighbors brought over a bunch of fresh vegetables from their garden & I felt like pasta, so I came up with this slow-cooker spaghetti sauce. It takes about 20 minutes prep time, but that’s mostly cutting up the vegetables & browning the meat (if you add meat to it). Cost me next to nothing because of my neighbors (thank you lovely neighbors!) Probably costs less than $10. Feeds about 6.

To make slow-cooker spaghetti sauce, you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 3 6-ounce cans of tomato paste
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sweet basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water (you can add more or less, depending on how thick you like your sauce)
  • 1 pound ground meat, cooked  (or not, if you want vegetarian)
  • 16-ounce package of your favorite pasta noodles

To make slow-cooker spaghetti sauce, follow these directions:

  1. Add oil, onion, green pepper, & red pepper to a skillet. Sauté on medium heat, stirring often, until browned.
  2. Add vegetables from step 1 & any oil drippings from the skillet to the slow-cooker.
  3. Add everything else on the ingredient list but the meat and noodles into the slow-cooker and stir.
  4. In a skillet, brown the ground meat, drain any grease, then add to the slow-cooker and stir.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  6. Cook your favorite pasta noodles according to the package directions.
  7. Drain pasta but don’t rinse.
  8. Serve sauce over top of your favorite pasta.
  9. Enjoy!

Please keep in mind that cooking times may vary so the first time you make a recipe, keep an eye on the slow-cooker. You may need to adjust the amount of cooking time.

For more delicious slow-cooker recipes, click here.

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4 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Garden-Fresh Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. This sounds delicious, Shelli! I’m a spaghetti lover myself. So there’s no doubt in my mind that this recipe will get prepared in the very near future. 😉 And how awesome of your neighbors to bring over those veggie goodies… Too cool! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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