I’m so excited to share with you this delicious Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe. This spaghetti sauce is the perfect blend of tomatoes and ground beef that makes the perfect spaghetti sauce.

Close up image of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot with a wooden spoon.

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce:

This spaghetti sauce is absolutely amazing. Plus, the slow cooker makes it just so very simple and does all the work for you. You are going to love how hearty and flavorful this spaghetti sauce is after cooking all day in the crock pot.

Cooking the spaghetti sauce in the crock pot makes for an easy weeknight meal. Sure you can use the jar sauce, but this homemade spaghetti sauce is so much better.

Making your own sauce allows you to know what you are putting in your sauce and this recipe makes a large batch. Perfect for leftovers and for freezing it for a later use. This will save you time and money.

Close up image of spaghetti on a white plate with spaghetti sauce on top.

The Best Spaghetti Sauce:

This budget friendly spaghetti sauce has become a regular dinner on the menu each week. My favorite part is that it cooks in the slow cooker all day. Combining all the flavors of the ground beef, italian sauce and tomatoes really makes this spaghetti sauce the best I have ever made.

I love that this spaghetti sauce is healthier, cheaper and taste better than the jar stuff.

Close up image of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot.

Spaghetti Sauce Tips:

  • We use a mini food chopper to chop the onion into tiny pieces. If I have green peppers, I will also chop some of them up and add to the sauce. It adds so much flavor and the kids do not even know they are in the sauce.
  • This Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce recipe includes ground beef and ground sausage. If you want to lighten things up a bit, you can easily substitute one for ground turkey. You could even use half and half.
  • If you would like to add in some red wine. I usually add it in right when I begin cooking the sauce.
  • You can add in some red pepper flakes to the sauce if you would like it a bit spicier.
  • If you prefer and have them available, fresh tomatoes would be great in this recipe.

Can I add frozen meatballs instead of ground beef?

Yes, I think that is a great idea. Instead of using ground beef substitute with a 2lb bag of frozen meatballs.

We love the texture and flavor it adds to the sauce.

Ingredients for spaghetti sauce - ground beef, italian sausage, onion, minced garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, italian seasoning, bay leaves sugar, salt and pepper

Ingredients for Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce:

  • Ground Beef
  • Italian Ground Sausage
  • Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Crushed Tomatoes – Diced Tomatoes will work also.
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Bay Leaves
  • Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

How to make Spaghetti Sauce in Slow Cooker:

  • Crumble and brown ground beef and sausage, along with onion and garlic on medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Drain excess fat.
  • Place meat mixture into slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook the sauce on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • Serve meat sauce over your favorite pasta before serving, or allow to cool completely and then freeze until ready to use.

How long to cook spaghetti sauce in the crock pot?

After cooking the ground beef and italian sausage in a skillet, I combine in the crockpot with the other ingredients. I normally will put everything in the crock pot in the morning and let it cook all day while I am gone.

I set it on low and cook for about 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours.

Close up image of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot with a wooden spoon in the sauce.

Can you freeze spaghetti sauce with meat?

This spaghetti sauce freezes great. We like to make a double or triple batch and freeze the leftovers. This allows us to have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes just like you could with the jarred sauce.

Be sure to allow the sauce to cool completely before you freeze it. It will stay fresh in the freezer for 3-4 months. You can heat it up in the crock pot or over the stove top.

Just put it in a ziplock freezer bag or an freezer safe airtight container.

Tip for freezing this easy spaghetti sauce:

Once you ready to freeze your spaghetti sauce, here are some helpful tips:

  • If you freeze this pasta sauce, it works best to freeze them with each bag being flat. This makes it really convenient to stack them in the freezer.

I love that you can make a huge batch of this spaghetti sauce to freeze or later!

Do you have to brown ground beef for slow cooker?

No! You do not have to brown the ground beef first. You can put it in the crock pot and let it do all the cooking.

Just make sure to break it up during the cooking process. You will also want to use a very low fat meat so that there is not excess grease in your spaghetti sauce.

Close up image of a spaghetti with sauce on top on a white plate with a side of french bread and salad.

Can you cook spaghetti in a slow cooker?

Sure! You can throw in spaghetti or any kind of pasta. Just add in spaghetti during the last hour of cooking.

Break it apart and stir it in. Make sure that the noodles are completely covered in the sauce and add more broth if needed to cover the noodles. This becomes the best one pot meal.

If you are trying to cut down on carbs, try spaghetti squash instead of pasta. This Quick and Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe is delicious.

Make for your next get-together:

It’s so handy having this crockpot Spaghetti Recipe to make for your family and friends. Crockpot spaghetti sauce from scratch is so simple. Spaghetti is actually the perfect to feed a crowd.

You can have your friends each bring a side and you have the perfect get-together meal.

What to serve with Spaghetti?

Spaghetti is filling on its own, but I always like to make sure I serve with a vegetable.

  • A simple salad always is a big hit at my house.
Close up image of a spaghetti with sauce on top on a white plate with a side of french bread and salad.

Print Crockpot spaghetti sauce recipe below:

Best Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

4.92 from 23 votes
Try this delicious crock pot spaghetti sauce recipe that you can make just by tossing everything in your crockpot. Crockpot spaghetti sauce is so easy!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 477
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Italian Ground Sausage
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 4 cans Crushed Tomatoes (15 oz each)
  • 2 cans Tomato Sauce (15 oz each)
  • 1 can Tomato Paste (6 oz)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • Brown the ground beef and sausage, along with onion and garlic.
  • Drain off any excess fat.
  • Place meat mixture into slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days. 
*You can also freezer the leftovers in a freezer safe bag for up to 2-3 months.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 477kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 25g, Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 83mg, Sodium 1984mg, Potassium 1709mg, Fiber 8g, Sugar 21g, Vitamin A 1515IU, Vitamin C 37mg, Calcium 135mg, Iron 7mg

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  1. How does it taste without peppers? My mother-in-law is allergic to any type of sweet pepper? And how many servings does this make?

  2. Can this be canned? I like to can and I was wondering if this would can well? never canned meat sauce before but I seen your recipe and wanted to try it and thought maybe it would be amazing for my family

  3. 5 stars
    Hands down my favorite way to make spaghetti sauce. The slow cooker does the cooking and the house smells glorious.

  4. 5 stars
    What a great idea, I have never made spaghetti sauce in a slow cooker, I can’t wait to give this a try.

  5. Im making it right now and followed to the exact recipe, it looks like it can feed way more than 6 looks like 12!! Easy recipe I’ll let you know how it came out after dinner!

  6. 5 stars
    This is my 3rd time making this recipe. We love it. It’s my go to recipe now. I’m picky when it comes to sauces and this has the taste I want. It’s very good and simple to make, but lots of flavor. I think the combo of sausage and ground beef make a big difference. Thank you for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    I bought a crockpot specifically for this recipe and it turned out sooooo good! I like my meals a little spicy so I used regular bell peppers and hot Italian sausage. Will be making again!!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this and cooked it over the stove for 2 hours, and it was delicious! I bet the slow cooker way would be amazing.

  9. 4 stars
    This looks tasty. I’ll be leaving the peppers out as I prefer them only in my Spanish Rice or American Goulash sauces. My question is how do you prevent the puddle of water on your plate like seen in your photos? This happens with the sauce I make now, just wondTeering if you or someone else has the trick. (I prefer my sauce over top of my noodles vs mixing the noodles into the sauce like true Italians). I’m wanting to try this as I tried sauce in crockpot years and years ago & it tasted “burnt-ish”, thinking I cooked it too long…plus back in the 1990’s the crockpots weren’t as advanced as they are nowadays.

  10. 5 stars
    I grow basil in my herb garden and I have a ton – could I use that instead of dried? Thank you! Can’t wait to make this!

  11. I’m gonna try this sauce tomorrow. Can I put fresh mushrooms in the crockpot? Should I cook the mushrooms first?

  12. Yum! I think that would be delicious. You don’t have to cook them, I think it would work great to throw them in your crock pot. Let us know how it turns out!

  13. 5 stars
    Except for the bay leaves and sugar, your recipe is identical to mine, except I have never thought about using the slow cooker. Guess what? I will be doing that from now on! Yayyy! Thanks! I freeze my sauce in two-cup containers, thaw in a three-quart MW safe pot/bowl, add 2 cups of water, and stir in 8 ounces of macaroni or fusilli or any kind of pasta. Stir. Microwave until the pasta is al dente, stopping to stir once. Stir in grated cheddar and/or parmesan cheese, let it melt and serve. Yummy!