October 27, 2012

Slow Cooker Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms

I know store-bought spaghetti sauce goes on sale with coupon for under $1 quite often but there is something wholesome about making homemade spaghetti sauce. And it really is so easy. And frugal. And you can freeze it! This week I came across some manager markdown mushrooms for $0.99 – when this happens (which isn’t as often as I’d hope), I believe it is a divine message that I should make spaghetti sauce. You see, we like a lot of mushrooms in our sauce and at $3-4 a pound it can cost as much as the meat. So when I find mushrooms on sale that need a loving home – I adopt them for incredibly low prices and introduce them to some tomatoes and meat. Everyone is happy.

I’ve made this on the stovetop before – just as easily as the slow cooker. But I do like the ease of throwing it all in the crockpot!


2 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey (I used moose meat from my dad in Alaska!)

1 – 2 onions, diced

3 cloves of garlic

2 – 28 oz cans of heavy tomato puree
You can use tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes depending on what’s available and what thickness you like your sauce

1 – 28 oz can of tomato sauce

16 – 24 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms
We really like mushrooms in our sauce, so we add a lot. You can scale this back a lot, if you want.

1/3 cup dried Oregano

1/8 cup dried Sweet Basil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sugar


1.) Dice onions. Saute in some olive oil in a saute pan on the stove until softened and slightly brown. Toss onions into slow cooker.

2.) Cook up your meat (ground beef or ground turkey) in a pan on the stove. Cook it until it’s completely browned. Drain any excess fat. Toss into slow cooker.

3.) Add the rest of your ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on medium for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. You can’t really mess up the cooking times. It’s all going to be cooked when you add it to the slow cooker, so it’s just a matter of flavors blending and it all coming together!

I usually make up a huge batch of this and then freeze it into meal-size servings using my Food Saver (see photo above from the last time I made some up for the freezer). Then when we want spaghetti or we need sauce for Eggplant Parmesan or lasagna, we’ll pull it out of the freezer. You just cut the bag open and dump it into the pot to heat it up! Super easy and you know exactly what’s in it.


  1. My granddaddy used to make the best Spaghetti. I have yet to figure out what he used to put in the sauce in order to make mine as good as his. Maybe I’ll never get it, because it was HE who made the sauce.

  2. Shared on FB!

  3. Hmm, probably my mom. Although it’s pretty funny ’cause spaghetti sauce is one of the only things I can think of that she pretty much uses out of a can these days. Go figure!

  4. My husband, he adds a little sugar

  5. Still haven’t found a great recipe but I keep trying.

  6. My mom makes the best!

  7. I shared =)

  8. I love picking up deals at Grocery Outlet! My Husband makes delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs =)

  9. I roast roma tomatoes in the oven for my spaghetti sauce with a shake of salt and sugar and oil. yum!

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  11. Jessica Kane says

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  12. Jenn Kennedy says

    ? to make homemade spaghetti sauce & freeze it! I also make soups from scratch & freeze them as well! : O)

  13. bobbi dison says

    go is my favorite store the best deals around

  14. Brenda Parson says

    Always looking for new recipes to try in the crock pot. Excited to try this one. Thank you!

  15. I like the red sauce from Fix Freeze Feast. It doesn’t require pre-cooking and I can just add meat when I pull it from the freezer. Need to make a batch as I’ve run out bthanks for the reminder!

  16. I make the best spaghetti sauce now, because I use grandama’s recipe and she only shared it with me before she passed.

  17. I shared this with my friend, who puts ketchup in his homemade sauce.

  18. I think i make the best sauce in my family!!! I do start with a can or jar sauce. but then add meat (usually sausage, no red meat here), basil (lots of it, no measuring), garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, and whatever looks like it may be good to throw in. I have a friend that puts 1/2-1 C of ketchup in his,and it taste good-but afraid to use it myself.

  19. I am the spaghetti sauce queen bee in my family– and I always get my tomatoes from GO!

  20. Yum! My family loves spaghetti!

  21. My mother bay far makes the best sauce. At least it makes me feel like a kid and that makes it the best!

  22. Jamie Martin says
  23. Jamie Martin says

    I make the best spaghetti ever. I even won a recipe contest. [Which of course made my entire family laugh, because they are all convinced I can not cook my way out of a wet paper bag!] No sauce; allergic to tomatoes, just veggies!

  24. I don’t go to GO much but a gift certificate should would be encouraging.

  25. Linda Aubry says

    I love Grocery Outlet!

  26. Love spaguetti1!

  27. looks yummy.

  28. i love slow cooker spaghetti sauce! i make it about the same however i add shredded carrots, some peppers inc jalapenos…yum yum! thanks QB! love this site…

  29. I shared via text message!

  30. I make my spaghetti sauce the semi-homemade way. Just some doctored up jarred stuff! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  31. I would love to win! And I think I’m the best spaghetti sauce chef in the house, ok…so I’m the ONLY chef in the house!

  32. We generally modify store bought sauce to suit our taste.

  33. I love my local Grocery outlet! I was just there yesterday, picking up some great deals. I have to be completely honest and I not trying to brag, but I am the spaghetti maker in my family. I make some very yummy venison meatballs…. and they are oh so good!!

  34. NWGardener says

    Love, Love, Love Grocery Outlet!(and Queen Bee!)

  35. My sister makes the best sauce. She cooks it all day! YUM…

  36. Shared with friend!

  37. Thanks, I like grocery outlet!

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