Unpopular opinion: I’m not a huge fan of spaghetti… Which probably broke Charlie’s heart when we first met considering it’s his ALL TIME FAVORITE MEAL. (It’s a good thing I was cute back then right?!) I can’t really blame him though. His family’s been making the same sauce since the stone ages and has even become known for it in our little circle of friends. So much so that if you’re invited to his parent’s house on a random Wednesday night, I’d say there’s a 99.9% chance that they will definitely be serving spaghetti. And bread. Lots and lots of garlic bread. So you can only imagine his reaction when I finally asked one day, “can we have something other than spaghetti tonight??”
But I think I finally figured it out. I just get bored too easily with spaghetti sauce. If you think about it, most of them really only consist of two things: meat and tomato sauce. How *yawn* boring. I need a little pizzaz, ya know? Like some extra veggies thrown in there or a little spice to kick it up a notch. Just give me anything other than plain old meat and tomato sauce!
And so my search for the perfect spaghetti sauce was on! (I mean I had to do something to keep him around right?!) I also figured out that my perfect sauce had to consist of 3 things: LOTS of veggies, must be made in a slow cooker and must have LOADS of flavor! Well loves I’m proud to say that after countless hours of recipe testing, I’ve finally developed a recipe that’s pretty damn delicious! (And still manages to satisfy Charlie’s love for spaghetti too!) That’s what I call a win-win!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 lbs. ground beef (can sub ground turkey)
- 4 large onions, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 29 oz can tomato paste
- 1 can tomato paste
- 3 Tbsp dried basil
- 2 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- In a large pan, saute chopped onion, bell pepper and mushrooms. Add garlic and ground beef and cook until the meat is done.
- Place ground beef mixture in the crock pot. Pour the remaining ingredients in and stir.
- Cover crock pot and and cook on low for 8-9 hours. (You may want to taste the sauce after a few hours to see if it needs any more seasoning.)