CrockPot Spaghetti is super tasty! I don’t know what is different about cooking Spaghetti in the CrockPot, but it tastes SO MUCH BETTER!
I wonder if it is because all of the flavors get to simmer together? Though somehow even the noodles seem to taste better when they are cooked this way.
When you make Spaghetti in the CrockPot, it creates way less dishes to wash (SCORE!), it is super easy to make, and is my go-to recipe if I don’t have much time to prep or cook a meal, but still need the convenience of a slow cooker.
Which means that we are eating less fast food and saving quite a bit of money by not eating that fast food.
This recipe takes five minutes, or less, to prep and only takes as little as two hours to cook. Obviously you can switch things up to suit your tastes, but I wanted to share with you my recipe for this dish.
**One thing to know, before you start with this recipe, is that I hate scrubbing pots and pans! In order to not have to scrub anywhere nearly as many pans, I have simplified my life a bit by cooking my ground beef in bulk.
What I do is buy it six pounds at a time. I brown it all in one very large pan, let it cool, then divide it evenly amongst six freezer safe containers and freeze. This way, when I plan out my meals for the week, I just pull however many I need out of the freezer and put them in the fridge to defrost so they are ready to go when I need them. It saves me so much time it is absurd!
Before I share the process of making it, and the recipe, I wanted to share with you links to five of my other recipes that you’re also going to love:
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac ‘N Cheese (slow cooker recipe)
- How To Turn Greek Yogurt Into “Cream Cheese”
- Family Favorite Veggie Salad
- Coleslaw Ramen Chicken Salad
- Five Minute Fudge (Grandma’s Recipe now small batch for the microwave)
Now back to learning how to make my CrockPot Spaghetti Recipe.
Here are some pics of the process, the recipe is further down:
The ingredients all laid out.
After greasing the slow cooker and then adding everything but the pasta.
What it looks like when all of those ingredients are stirred up.
Now on to the recipe:
- 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 C Hot Water
- 1 24 oz Jar Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 8 oz Jar Mushrooms (drained)
- 1 LB Browned Hamburger Meat
- 2 T Italian Seasoning
- 1 Full Package Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles (approx. 17 oz pkg)
- Use the olive oil to grease your crock.
- Add all the ingredients except the Noodles. Mix well. Cover and set CrockPot on High for one hour.
- Break noodles in half, add to Crock, and try to cover them with the sauce mixture. Cover and let cook 1 hour or so, stirring occasionally (I stir every 15-20 minutes, replacing the lid, for the full hour).
- Depending on what brand of noodles I use, more water is sometimes needed. If you find your noodles need more water, add up to 2 or so Cups HOT(so you don't break your Crock) water between stirring (I do this in ½ cup increments). Serve with your favorite vegetable.
* If it's too runny, leave the lid off for a while and stir every few minutes, this will evaporate any extra liquid. If the pasta hasn't set up, you may need to add more water, stir, put your lid back on and check it again in 15 minutes... this is the basics to cooking pasta in a Slow Cooker.*
One thing to know, before you start with this recipe, is that I hate scrubbing pots and pans! In order to not have to scrub anywhere nearly as many pans, I have simplified my life a bit by cooking my ground beef in bulk. What I do is buy it six pounds at a time. I brown it all in one very large pan, let it cool, then divide it evenly amongst six freezer safe containers and freeze. This way, when I plan out my meals for the week, I just pull however many I need out of the freezer and put them in the fridge to defrost so they are ready to go when I need them. It saves me so much time it is absurd!**
I always used to wondered why my parents would mix the sauce into the noodles and it wasn’t until I was a parent too, trying to stretch the meal, that I found that it makes the meal stretch WAY more and saves a bunch of money. Anyway, I hope you like it. We love this at my house.
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Here are five of my other recipes that you’re also going to love (the pics are links):
*Reposts: Please note that this idea/post was originally posted to this website on 05/21/2015 but it was in great need of a refresh so it now is more user friendly/shareable and has a better free printable recipe card.