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Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

My family loves spaghetti. It is one of my kid’s favorite meals. I love to make homemade spaghetti sauce and have shared several recipes already including a recipe for a really easy sauce made from scratch.

A homemade sauce is usually what I prefer, but I know that sometime life gets busy and even an easy homemade sauce can take more time than I have.

I also know that often with sales and coupons, a jar of store bought sauce is cheaper than the ingredients needed to make a homemade sauce. And when I can get a good sale like that I stock up on store bought sauce to use for quick and easy meals.

Today’s easy crock pot spaghetti sauce is an easy way to get a homemade, or at least semi homemade, taste without all the work of a homemade sauce. This sauce starts with a jar of sauce that I doctor up and let cook in the crock pot for several hours. This gives it more of a slow cooked taste and I think makes it much better.

Now, this recipe makes a lot. It is two or three meals for my family. When I make spaghetti sauce I always figure that it doesn’t take much extra time to make a large batch and freeze some to use later on. If you have a smaller family though, or don’t want to freeze any sauce, just half the recipe and it will work fine.



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  1. I did this just the other day – took a cheap $1 can of spaghetti sauce and doctored it. I added in a little sugar, some oregano, some chili powder and some red pepper flakes. I put it in the crockpot and let it simmer for a few hours as I was taking the sauce to a party.

    It might have been even tastier than my real home-made-from-scratch sauce. I’m a believer!

  2. I do this all the time, too! Can’t beat the $1/$1.50 a jar, doctored up! I add garlic and usually a sweet onion to the ground meat, sometimes add sweet italian sausage, taken out of the casings and browned with the ground meat…little Italian Seasonings, a pinch of sugar. So much better than straight out of the jar!

  3. I make a big batch of sauce every few months by buying a big can of plain tomato sauce from Costco, running a ton of veggies through the food processor(usually onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and potato), throw it all in the crock pot with herbs and spices( a handful of Italian blend and a pinch of red pepper, salt to taste) and let it run most of the day until it smells amazing and looks right texture wise….cool and bag in quart size bags for my family of 3 and freeze!

  4. I do something similar to Kristal – take a big mountain of chopped onion, green peppers, and some garlic and saute until they are really soft and browned well, and then run them through the procesesor, brown a small can of tomato paste in a Tablespoon or so of shortening or oil, and then add back in the pureed veggies, store bought sauce and add sauteed mushrooms. It may need some additional seasoning to taste, depending on the sauce, but not only is it really good, but a lot of the veggies are incognito.
    If you want to add browned ground meat as well, you can.

  5. i do this with a small bag of store bought frozen meatballs in stead of the ground meat sometimes too-turns out very tasty and tender.

  6. I also add a couple cans of no salt spinach as it gives extra flavor and makes it stretch farther.

  7. Lilianne says

    How many people does it serve


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