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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is one of my favorite family recipes. Growing up, my mom used to make it for special occasions and I just loved it! And I didn’t know this at the time but she would often double the recipe and freeze half of it for later, so we could have a special meal whenever. I follow in her footsteps and often make a double batch and freeze it for later as well.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce simmers away all day and develops an amazingly rich flavor, so by the time you are ready to eat, the flavor is bold and delicious.

slow cooker spaghetti sauce

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This spaghetti sauce recipe has a couple of ingredients that you might not think belong. Cinnamon brings a wonderfully warm spicy flavor that contrasts nicely with the zingy tomatoes. Brown sugar helps balance out all of the acidity in the tomatoes for a balanced flavor.

  • Italian sausage (can use sweet, medium, or hot Italian sausage)
  • canned tomato sauce
  • canned crushed tomatoes
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • bay leaves
slow cooker spaghetti sauce

How to Make Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This sauce is not hard to make, but tastes really amazing. And it is so wonderful to have amazing smells coming from the kitchen as this simmers away all day. You’ll be so ready to eat come dinner time.

To make this sauce, you’ll start by cooking the Italian sausage over the stove. Cook until it is browned all the way through, breaking it up as it cooks. I like to use this meat chopper to break up ground meats because it’s way faster and easier than using a wooden spoon or another utensil. Soak up any excess grease with a paper towel. I like to cover whatever utensil I’m using with a paper towel and soak up the grease that way.

Grease your slow cooker or use a liner, and add all of the ingredients, including the cooked sausage. Stir everything up really well and cover. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours. When ready to serve, remove the bay leaves and serve over cooked pasta.

Can I Freeze this Recipe?

Absolutely! I like to make a double batch, and freeze half of it in a big container or plastic bag after it is cooked. Then, I just heat it up and serve it whenever I want fresh pasta sauce.

slow cooker spaghetti sauce

My Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

I’m obsessed with my slow cooker and I recognize that. But I love it so much and I’m not quitting any time soon. Here are a few of my favorite slow cooker recipes!

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: Dinner, MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4-5

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

5-8

hours

This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is one of my favorite family recipes. I love to make a double batch and freeze it for later!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb 1 Italian sausage (can use sweet, medium, or hot Italian sausage)

  • 2 2 29 oz cans tomato sauce

  • 2 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp 2 brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cinnamon

  • 2 tsp 2 salt

  • 1 tsp 1 pepper

  • 2 tsp 2 oregano

  • 2 tsp 2 onion powder

  • 2 tsp 2 garlic powder

  • 2 2 bay leaves

Directions

  • Cook the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a spatula, until it is browned and cooked through. Remove the grease from the pan by blotting with a paper towel.
  • Place the cooked ground sausage into a greased slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Place the lid on top and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours. When the time is up, remove the bay leaves and serve over cooked spaghetti. Enjoy!

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