Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker

My mama’s spaghetti is the best in the world. Period.

When I was growing up, my dad didn’t care much for spaghetti. He liked good southern cooking like fried chicken, rice and gravy, peas, biscuits or cornbread, sliced tomatoes and banana pudding for dessert. Spaghetti night was just tolerated by him, but my siblings and I always looked forward to mom’s homemade spaghetti and buttery BBQ bread. Later, dad learned to love mom’s spaghetti too!

Mom's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

These days, I don’t take the time to simmer and stir homemade spaghetti sauce for half a day. I always have Ragu on hand because I really do like it. But, sometimes, I just want mama’s homemade spaghetti.

I created a version of mom’s homemade spaghetti, but I put it in the slow cooker and forget about it. It’s not exactly mom’s, but it’s mighty close.

When it’s time for dinner, I cook the pasta until it’s al dente and top it with Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce. I toss together a simple salad and it’s done. I can rarely find that BBQ bread that mom used to make. 🙁

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Brown the ground beef and diced onions. Drain. In a slow cooker, add ground beef, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, olive oil, and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over spaghetti. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Helpful Hint:  I add a tablespoon of grape jelly to my spaghetti sauce to amp up the flavor. I’ve never liked sugar in spaghetti sauce, but the grape jelly is perfect!

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker
  • 1 lb. ground chuck, cooked and drained
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon grape jelly
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large package of spaghetti, cooked
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Brown ground beef and diced onions in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain.
  2. Stir together the ground beef mixture and all ingredients (except spaghetti and cheese) in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve sauce over spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce smells so good while it simmers away in the slow cooker. What’s your favorite pasta dish?


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  1. I love homemade spaghetti sauce it taste so much better than store-bought stuff. I have never tried doing it in the crockpot but I definitely need to do this.

  2. robin rue says

    I come from a big Italian family, so homemade sauce is a MUST. My recipe is my great grandmother’s 🙂

  3. What a great idea to make a sauce in the slow cooker! I never thought about that. I usually just make it on the stove and cook it all day.

  4. Mmmmm this sound so tasty! I’ve never heard of using grape jelly to sweeten, but I can imagine it works well between the sweetness and the tang of the grape 🙂

  5. I love making my sauce in the slow cooker and letting the seasonings and flavors meld together all day.I would never have thought to put grape jelly in my sauce and find it to be an interesting choice.

  6. Debra Hawkins says

    That is such an amazing idea to make it in the slow cooker! I am all about anything that doesn’t heat up my house in the summer.

  7. We are big pasta eaters in our house, but I never thought to make my own pasta sauce before! This sounds like a great recipe for me to try soon!

  8. It’s been years since I made my own sauce. This sounds delicious, and pretty easy. I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. I bet those flavors really sink in when you use the slow cooker. Yum! I need to make sauce this way!

  10. There isn’t anything quite like homemade spaghetti sauce. I love making sauces in my trusty slow-cooker.

  11. I’ve been wanting a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe forever! This sounds so good. We do have a really good jarred brand that is made locally that tastes homemade, but nothing beats slow simmered sauce!

  12. This sounds like exactly how I make my homemade sauce! I love using the slow cooker because I can set it and forget it! I love that you included chop meat in your sauce.

  13. I never thought to make spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker! I bet it is such a great way to give it a slow cooked flavor…can’t wait to try it out this Fall!

  14. Spaghetti has always been a favorite around my house. I’ve never made it in the slow cooker, though. I have to give this a try the next time.

  15. Making my own sauces from scratch is one of my favorite things to do. Salsas, guacamoles, BBQ sauces and more can all be made from scratch. I’m totally trying your spaghetti sauce this weekend.

  16. Yum, I love home made sauces and cooking with my crock pot. Makes dinner easy for us busy moms!

  17. Our Family World says

    I have never tried adding grape jelly to my spaghetti sauce. I usually make my own spaghetti sauce especially now that there are so many tomatoes available to purchase at a low price. I would love to try your version too!

  18. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says

    Your meat sauce looks amazing! It’s breakfast time right now, but I would love to have a big plate of it. 🙂 Thanks for the tip about the grape jelly. I’ve never heard of that, but it makes total sense.

  19. Hey,
    Everything looks great and very easy to make, thanks for sharing your original Italian pasta with meat sauce.

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