Best slow cooker spaghetti sauce with beef. Ragu style hearty recipe that is great on top of noodles and freezes well too.
Try this ragu slow cooker spaghetti sauce with noodles. I guarantee your family and extended crew are going to love it. Just one easy Crockpot recipe on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
The next time you go to the store grab a roast. Simmered in the sauce it comes out super tender and creates a really hearty meal. Of course you can omit it entirely and make homemade vegetarian spaghetti sauce but…..
If you too love slow cooker recipes of all kinds, you’re going to go crazy over this one. First let’s go over a few resources:
- This 8 quart is my all time favorite model.
- For easier cleanup you can use these liners if you like.
- I love trying new things and this Crockpot cookbook has a TON of great ones in it.
For the best Crockpot recipes ever we have a bunch here on The Typical Mom blog.
As with any other recipe with beef cooked in a Crock, you’ll want to brown the outsides first. Ok, so you could skip this step but it is a good idea to keep it tender and add a bit of texture.
No. You need to brown it first before adding. No matter how you cook it you’d be safer to cook it until it’s no longer pink beforehand.
You could use our Crockpot ground beef recipe, quickly make some air fryer ground beef, or just use a pan on the stovetop.
If you wanted to add noodles too you could during the last hour with 1 c. broth. You’d need to fully submerge it and small shells are the best, or break spaghetti noodles into thirds.
If you have smaller kids I might opt for penne pasta instead of regular longer versions. It’s easier to eat and leads to less of a mess.
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
If you follow the below recipe exactly and when it’s done you think it is too thick, just add some broth. Easy peasy. This is what you’ll want to take out.
- Beef roast and large skillet to brown
- or brown ground turkey or Italian sausage and use that
- Diced tomatoes
- Beef broth
- Red wine vinegar
- Tomato paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garlic powder
- A bit of sugar
- Bay leaves
Once you sear the meat you just throw it all in. Slow coking makes for the most tender fall apart protein inside.
It saves well too. If you make too much just let it cool to room temperature. Then store in freezer bags, flatten them and stack in the freezer. They will stay well for several months.
My family loves it so much I sometimes make double when I batch cook. When you’re ready to enjoy again just put the frozen bags in the fridge. Let meat sauce defrost on it’s own.
Reheat in a sauce pan, again in the Crock pot just to reheat on low. Thin out with a bit of tomato sauce if needed. Could dice green pepper and add for some texture and serve pasta sauce over egg or spaghetti noodles.
Of course there is an array of variations and add ins for this. Only have crushed tomatoes on hand, use that. Love Italian seasoning well then add some too. A bit of brown sugar adds a bit of sweetness too.
It’s a great recipe where you can substitute away.
Time needed: 8 hours.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Heat a skillet on the stovetop. Add a bit of olive oil with your cut up pieces of roast. Sear on all sides and then transfer beef into slow cooker.
Add diced onions into the same skillet with drippings, add garlic powder (could add diced garlic too if you’re a lover) and cook down until caramelized.
- Add ingredients
Add meat and onions into the crockpot. Then add all other ingredients with the bay leaves on top so they’re easier to remove at the end.
Cover and cook for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Remove bay leaves. Shred beef with two forks. Serve over air fryer zucchini noodles or regular pasta.
Printable recipe shared below so you can keep it on hand. Nutritional information included as well such as saturated fat (which will vary depending on meat selected), calories, etc…
Love this and want to try more easy slow cooker recipes on The Typical Mom blog? Here are a few others that are always a hit around here:
- Our Crockpot lasagna casserole is the easiest way to make this classic dish. NO boiling required at all.
- If you insist on those long noodles, then you should follow the instructions for our Crockpot lasagna recipe.
- Slow cooker pulled pork is always a winner. Served on slider buns or just on top of rice it’s an inexpensive meal that feeds a crowd.
Want to make this quicker? Well we do have an Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe as well. Of course we do. Homemade and easy to do, you can use ground beef or sausage in this one for a quick meal.
How long to keep leftover spaghetti sauce?
The general rule is 4-5 days in the fridge. Of course you need to store it properly in air tight containers first once it is room temperature or it will grow unwanted bacteria inside.
What is the secret ingredient in spaghetti sauce?
That is up to you! That is why there are so many recipes out there. Everyone has their “secret” to their batch because they add something they love. Yours is likely different because we all have different taste buds.
Make it your own, like we did here, and share with others so everyone can enjoy a bowl of pasta!
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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
- Heat a skillet on the stovetop. Add a bit of olive oil with your cut up pieces of roast.
- Sear on all sides and then transfer beef into slow cooker.
- Add diced onions into the same skillet with drippings, add garlic powder (could add diced garlic too if you're a lover) and cook down until caramelized, then add into the crockpot.
- Add all other ingredients with the bay leaves on top so they're easier to remove at the end.
- Set to low heat for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.
- Remove bay leaves. Shred beef with two forks. Serve over noodles.