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Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Meat Sauce

This scrumptious lean spaghetti recipe is slow-cooked to Italian perfection.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 218kcal


  • 9 ounces lean ground beef optional - use only ground chicken or turkey instead of a beef/poultry combination
  • 9 ounces lean ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • 1 onion medium, diced
  • 1 carrot medium, peeled and diced
  • 5 ounces tomato paste can
  • 5 ounces water
  • 30 ounces whole peeled tomatoes cans, or diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Italian parsley for garnish


  • Over medium-high heat, in a skillet add the ground meat and cook while breaking up with a fork. Cook just until it's no longer pink. Drain off any fat and add to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 - 8 hours or high 3 - 4. If desired, garnish with fresh Italian parsley.
  • Use the meat sauce for spaghetti or other pasta dishes. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6