Crock pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe is the easiest one pot meal for an amazing dinner any day of the week. The crock pot does all the work and clean up is easy too. No need for a ton of pots and pans when you can make this delicious spaghetti casserole!
Crock pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Spaghetti is always a hit and this super easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe makes it even easier. The homemade sauce has the best flavor and the cheese is melted and delicious.
You literally toss it all in the slow cooker including the noodles for the best meal that is perfect for busy weeknights.
Check out this how to video!
If you love baked spaghetti, this is a must try but even better because it’s made in the crock pot. Come home to dinner ready to enjoy!
Clean up is so easy when you make this crockpot spaghetti casserole!
This is truly a one pot meal and makes dinner so easy. Since everything from the ground beef and pasta goes in the crock pot, clean up is a breeze.
I love spaghetti but I don’t love all the pots and pans you have to clean up. This easy recipe takes care of all of that!
Since you literally toss it all in the slow cooker, there aren’t any pots and pans to clean up. Just the crock pot.
You will save so much time and your family still gets to enjoy an amazing meal. This recipe is a win-win. 🙂
Can you cook pasta in a crockpot?
Yes and this makes this recipe so quick and easy. I love that you have less pans because of this. The pasta goes in the crockpot during the last 30 minutes and gets cooked to perfection!
Everything literally goes in the slow cooker making this one of the easiest one pot meals ever. Yes, even the pasta!
This recipe really cuts down on multiple pans for the meat, the sauce and another to boil the noodles. None of that is necessary when you make this recipe.
Just one pot is needed! Talk about a win for Mom and a game changer for busy weeknights.
Let’s make slow cooker baked spaghetti casserole!
Everyone will love this easy dish.
Ingredients you need for Crock pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe:
- lean ground beef
- yellow onion
- minced garlic
- crushed tomatoes
- diced tomatoes
- beef broth
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- spaghetti pasta (uncooked)
- mozzarella cheese
- fresh parsley for garnish
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
How to make baked spaghetti casserole in the crock pot:
Place ground beef (not browned) in the crock pot with the onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Cover and cook on low. It really is that easy!
Remove the lid and break apart the beef until it is crumbled.
Stir in the broken spaghetti pieces. Cover and turn to high.
Cook on high for 30 minutes or until pasta is soft.
Spread the mozzarella cheese on top. Cover and allow it to melt.
Serve with fresh parmesan and parsley on top. Yum!
This is so easy and the perfect meal even when you are busy. Keep reading for the full recipe.
Notes – if you are using a higher fat beef, then brown it in a large skillet first and drain the fat before placing in the crock pot.
What to serve with cheesy crockpot spaghetti?
These are perfect to dip in the yummy spaghetti sauce! So good!
You can get every last drop of that delicious sauce! It is amazing.
You need a good crock pot to make this slow cooker baked spaghetti.
If you are in the market for a new crockpot, I love this casserole crock pot. It is perfect for casserole style slow cooker recipes like this one.
I bought mine on Amazon,and I love it. It is perfect for the Holidays and really year round.
Plus, it is just so pretty. We can still enjoy all our favorite casserole recipes without ever turning the oven on.
If you prefer a traditional style crock pot, I recommend one of the Ninja Cookers. I love these because you can brown the meat in the same pot.
It really cuts down on clean up and that is a plus for us busy moms. It is so nice just having the one pot to clean and not worrying about an extra pan to wash.
Another favorite is this programmable crock pot for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!
I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.
This is especially helpful during busy weeks of school and activities. I’m all about crock pot liners.
If you do not use crock pot liners, I recommend using cooking spray to help with clean up in the slow cooker.
Tips for making crockpot spaghetti sauce:
One of our favorite time saving tips is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them.
They are such a time saver and you make cooking so fast and easy. I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need.
It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes. We save a ton of time during the week by having items like this already on hand chopped and ready to go in the freezer.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
Learn and how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen! Lots of the recipes we cook call for onions and peppers so this is such a great time tip that we use frequently.
You will love having peppers and onions all ready to go! It is quick and easy.
You might also try adding bell peppers to this recipe for a change. They are so delicious with the onions.
I love to grab these for various recipes. Knowing that they are already chopped and ready to go makes it so much easier.
You will love this and I can’t recommend this time saving tip enough. This is a must!
I also recommend buying block mozzarella cheese and grating it my hand for this recipe. It will melt better and will not be as greasy.
It is so worth it and only takes a few extra minutes. Don’t skip this step!
Baked Spaghetti is versatile and budget friendly.
This meal is so versatile. You can even reduce the ingredients to just 1 pound of meat.
You can use sausage or beef if you want to stretch your budget even further. We have even used ground turkey and it was delicious.
You can easily substitute any type of pasta you prefer or already have in your pantry. Good ideas to try include elbow, bow tie, rigatoni and even wheat pasta.
Try using a jar of pasta sauce instead of tomatoes if you find you are out. This meal is just so versatile. I have even added cream cheese to this dish for added creaminess and it was delicious.
I often use what I have on hand or is on sale at the grocery store. Just use what you have!
By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.
I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!
Give this a try and see why we call it million dollar spaghetti crock pot recipe!
It’s easy to grab take out and forget how much those meals cost and add up. You will be so pleased with the money you save with having a plan.
Plus, everyone will be so happy eating these delicious meals. It really is so much better when you plan ahead.
Whatever your motivation is, give menu planning a try and see how much it helps! I knew I would save money but was really shocked at just how much.
Plus, it alleviated so much stress in my life from trying to figure out what was for dinner!
I try to keep a few things in the freezer for busy nights. Just by doing little things like this has saved so much time and money.
Every little bit counts plus my family is eating really great food.
Print this Crock pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe below:
Crock pot Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
- 2 lbs ground beef lean (90/10)
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 16 oz dried spaghetti pasta broken into thirds
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh parsley for garnish
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Place ground beef (not browned) in the crock pot with the onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper and the beef broth.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
- Remove the lid and break apart the beef until it is crumbled.
- Stir in the broken spaghetti pieces.
- Cover and turn to high.
- Cook on high for 30 minutes or until pasta is soft.
- Spread the mozzarella cheese on top. Cover and allow it to melt.
- Serve wth fresh parmesan and parsley on top.
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