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Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices  it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

EASY CROCK POT SPAGHETTI

 

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal – with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices  it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

 

Crock pots are one of the greatest inventions…ever! You just sling stuff in and it takes it from there. It is a thing of beauty – there should be a crock pot pageant. Okay -so you get the idea! Anyway, pasta can be hard to get just right in the crock pot. I found that cooking it slowly, YEP!!  I really did just say that, and adding a little more water to the sauce at the halfway mark is the right thing to do.

 

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

Before we get started, let me tell you that this spaghetti is amazing. The pasta soaks up so much flavor from being cooked for an hour in the sauce, and the extra spices added to the jar of spaghetti sauce give it that extra somethin” somethin”! My mom used to call it “doctoring” the sauce…I don’t know why I always thought that meant adding booze to it!!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

Here are the stars of the show! The basil and parmesan cheese are not pictured with the cast because they are optional ingredients! *Note – I keep one pound tubs of  cooked ground beef in the freezer and just pull them out as needed. It’s economical because I buy ground beef when it is on sale, then cook and store in the freezer.  I cannot even tell you what a HUGE time-saver that is.

 

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

To get started, use the olive oil to grease up the bottom and sides of  your crock pot. Use only as much as you need, there should not be a puddle of oil at the bottom of the pot.. Next, throw the drained ground beef, spaghetti sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, minced onion and hot water into the crock pot. Stir everything around until well mixed, set the crock pot on High for one hour, cover and walk away. Yup, that’s it!

 

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

After one hour, the sauce, beef and spice flavors should be coming together nicely. Can you see where the mixture has reduced? …you can see how much by the ring around the top of the sauce.

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

Now it’s time for the back breaking work (just kidding)! Break the pasta in half and throw it into the sauce. Stir the pasta so that it is covered with the sauce.  Add 1/2 cup of water if the sauce is too thick  and stir again.  Cover the crock pot back up and let the pasta cook for 30 minutes.

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

After 30 minutes, the pasta will look like this. The noodles are flexible but not fully cooked. Add the other 1/2 cup of water if needed, stir, cover and cook the pasta and sauce for another 30 minutes, until the pasta is cooked. Transfer to plates, garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese (optional) and serve hot with toasted Italian bread and a green salad.

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices  it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

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Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices  it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Description

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal – with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices  it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!


Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
Homemade Marinara Sauce or 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
3 cloves minced garlic , about 1-1/2 tsps
1 TBSP minced onion
1 TBSP italian seasoning
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups hot water
16 ounces (1 LB) spaghetti pasta
1 cup water (as needed)
2 TBSP chopped basil (optional)
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan Cheese (optional)


Instructions

Using the olive oil grease the bottom and sides of the crock pot. Place the cooked and drained ground beef, spaghetti sauce, garlic, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, minced onion and hot water into the crock pot. Stir until well mixed, cover and set the crock pot on High for one hour.
Break the pasta in half and place in the sauce. Stir the pasta so that it is covered with the sauce. Add 1/2 cup of water if the sauce is too thick and stir again. Cover the crock pot and let the pasta cook for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes. add the other 1/2 cup of water if needed, stir, cover and cook for another 30 minutes, until the pasta is done.


Notes

**Note – the brand of pasta used and crock pot size may effect the amount of water needed to cook the pasta fully. Add more water as needed in 1/2 cup increments, cooking an additional 30 minutes for each 1/2 cup water added, until the noodles are cooked as desired.

**Note – to reduce fat and calories, fully drain and rinse the ground beef with hot water before adding to the pot.

If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it with your friends! If you love crock pot cooking, you might also enjoy Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!