Slow Cooker {Veggie-Full} Spaghetti

Slow Cooker {Veggie-Full} Spaghetti | - Let your slow cooker do all the work in this healthy spaghetti recipe!  #dinner #slowcooker #spaghetti

Some days all I want is pasta.  Lots of it with a big salad and a hunk of bread smeared with butter.  No.  I’ve never gone on a carb-free diet and won’t be…EVER.   This summer I made my own spaghetti sauce and it was kind of life-altering.  It really wasn’t that hard and it was SO good!  I have a few jars left and I’m saving them for a special occasion :)  Now obviously I don’t have time every day to make up my own sauce but what I do have time for is to throw it all in my slow cooker and let it do the work for me – cause I’m nice like that ;)

Slow Cooker Spaghetti

So here’s the deal.  This sauce has A LOT of veggies in it.  Like TONS!  {No, it is definitely not a vegetarian recipe -we’re meat eaters up in here but you could totally make it all veggies.} There is a bit of time needed to do all the chopping and prepping so I recommend you tackle that at night, NOT first thing in the morning when things are crazy hectic.  Saute up the veggies and brown the meat the night before.  In the morning, toss it all in with the rest of the ingredients and you’re golden!  Dinner is served!

Veggies Fired Up

Here’s another hint: If your kids have an aversion to vegetables {WHAT???} – do a nice small dice on the veggies and they virtually disappear in the sauce.  You can feel good knowing that your kids are getting a ridiculous amount of nutrients in their spaghetti and they can just enjoy the “sketti” and get on with their evening.

Slow Cooker {Veggie-Full} Spaghetti | - Let your slow cooker do all the work in this healthy spaghetti recipe!  #dinner #slowcooker #spaghetti

Even better is the fact that this recipe makes lots of sauce so I usually end up freezing a couple quarts for future meals.  To use, let sauce defrost in fridge, pour into a saucepan and heat.  So basically, I just totally saved you tons of time.  Three healthy dinners, one slow cooker – yeah, you owe me ;)

Freezer Ready Spaghetti Sauce

I am so excited to announce that Iron Chef Mom is back for 2013!  This week’s ingredient is….{drumroll please…} tomatoes!  Mackenzie is hosting over at Cheerios and Lattes this week and next week it’ll be here at Mom On Timeout.  Here’s the schedule so you don’t forget!  Lots of great ingredients and yummy recipes coming up :)


Slow Cooker {Veggie-Full} Spaghetti
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery,sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, Italian recipe
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 cups water
  • cooked spaghetti
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, bell peppers, shallot, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until tender and onion is translucent. Transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Brown sausage and green beef in the same skillet, drain fat, and transfer to slow cooker.
  4. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper, sugar, and Italian seasoning.
  5. Add one cup of water and stir. Liquids do not evaporate in the slow cooker so if the sauce is still too thick, add water, ¼ cup at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  7. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti.

Slow Cooker {Veggie-Full} Spaghetti | - Let your slow cooker do all the work in this healthy spaghetti recipe!  #dinner #slowcooker #spaghetti

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  1. My sister’s kids love her spaghetti and they don’t know that it’s full of veggies. I never thought about using a slow cooker though…Great Idea!

  2. Stopping by to say hi from Online BlogCon. This sauce sounds perfect. I have been wanting to make my own pasta sauce also. Perhaps I will start with this recipe.

  3. Love this-love any way I can get veggies in…pinned, stumbled, FB!

  4. Looks delish and so easy! For those that want more veggie-value, replace the pasta with spaghetti squash.

  5. This looks fantastic! Pinning to my slow cooker board!

  6. Looks delicious, and I know what you mean about those days when all you want is carbs! lol I think the colder the outdoor temp gets, the more carbs I crave. :-)

  7. Pinned and will make when I buy a slow cooker!

  8. Oh, I love this idea!! I’m always desperate to sneak some good veggies into my kiddo, and this looks awesome.

  9. This looks SO good! Coming over to visit from Melt in Your Mouth Monday. Please stop by and link this up with my “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I’d love to have you join us. :-)

  10. You can chop your veggies in the food processor and you don’t really need to sauté them first. I make spaghetti sauce in the crock all the time with added veggies. This is a good recipe, I’m going to give it a try!

  11. Is it necessary to cook the meat beforehand? Wouldn’t it cook while being in the slow cooker for so long (if I add it in raw)? I’m just wondering if the step is necessary.
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  12. Also, how big is your slow cooker that you used for this recipe?
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  13. Randy Winter says:

    The sausage is sliced or taken out of the casing?

  14. This looks great! Thanks for sharing it and the other recipes at the Pinterest Power Party – we’ll be featuring this in tomorrow’s party!

  15. That looks really, truly delicious. I think I’m coming to live at your house ;)

  16. Yum! This sounds delicious.

  17. What a lovely recipe. One question, i tend not to use tinned tomatoes generally. Would fresh diced or pureed tomatoes work for this recipe?

  18. This is quite beautiful and tasty recipe. Can’t wait. Confuse about. Make this recipe now or for Christmas as a surprise.

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