Take a jar of pasta sauce and make it better with this easy to make crock pot spaghetti sauce recipe.
My family loves spaghetti. It is one of our favorite meals.
I love to make homemade spaghetti sauce and have shared several recipes already including a recipe for an effortless sauce made from scratch, but you will almost always find a jar or two of spaghetti sauce in my cupboard.
A homemade sauce is usually what I prefer, but I know that sometimes life gets busy and even an easy homemade sauce can take more time than I have.
A jar of store bought sauce is also often cheaper than the ingredients needed to make a homemade sauce.
However, a jar of sauce is not the same as homemade. When I want a jar of sauce that taste like homemade I doctor up the store bought sauce.
This crock pot spaghetti sauce recipe is an easy way to get homemade, or at least semi-homemade, taste without all the work of a homemade sauce.
This sauce starts with a jar of sauce that you doctor up and cook in the crock pot for several hours. This gives it more of a slow cooked taste and I think it makes it so much better.
Can I freeze the leftover spaghetti sauce?
This recipe makes a lot. It is two meals for my family, so I almost always freeze the leftovers. Sometimes I freeze the pasta and sauce for lunches, but most of the time I freeze the sauce and cook the noodles when I am ready to serve it.
Is spaghetti sauce gluten free?
This spaghetti sauce is gluten free as long as you read labels to make sure that the ingredients are gluten free.
You also need to serve it over gluten free pasta. I have a whole list of the best gluten free pastas to buy.
A few basic ingredients take a jar of spaghetti sauce to the next level.
- ground sausage
- ground beef
- mushrooms, optional but really good
- jars of spaghetti sauce
- pasta or gluten free pasta for serving
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- 1 lb sausage
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, finally diced
- 8 ounces of mushrooms sliced (optional)
- 2 (28 ounce) jars of spaghetti sauce
- cooked pasta for serving
- In a pan brown ground beef, sausage, and onions until meat is done and onion is tender.
- Place meat mixture in a crock pot and add mushrooms if using, and both jars of sauce.
- Stir well and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
- Serve over pasta and enjoy!
If you are gluten-free be sure to read labels to make sure that your ingredients are gluten-free and use gluten-free pasta.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
Originally published February 2012. Updated October 2022.