Slow Cooker Meat Sauce

Published on October 3, 2015 By Lauren

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    Looking for an easy sauce recipe that you can set and forget that the kids will LOVE? This Slow Cooker Meat Sauce is so flavorful and hearty, no one will believe it only took you 5 minutes to throw together!

    If you love this recipe, you will also love my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe!

    This recipe is part of an AMAZING slow cooker dump meal plan!

    And this recipe was also designed to be incredibly freezer-cooking friendly. Just toss the uncooked ingredients in a freezer bag for a later date.

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    Start by placing a pound of ground beef in the bottom of the slow cooker. There’s no need to pre-cook it, but make sure that you use lean ground beef (at least 90%) so that there won’t be much grease when it cooks.

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    Add basil, black pepper, garlic and salt on top, and then cover with 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.

    Set your slow cooker to medium or low (6 hours or 8 hours respectively). When it’s done, stir it and break up all of the ground beef.

    Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy! And although I haven’t tried it yet, I bet this sauce would also be AMAZING for a lasagna.

    And if you like this one, you might be interested in 40 other slow cooker dump recipes that are AMAZING!

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    slow cooker meat sauce

    Slow Cooker Meat Sauce

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    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 6 hours
    Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 1 - 1.5 lbs. lean ground beef at least 90%
    • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
    • 1 Tbsp dried basil
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 2 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
    • Salt to taste


    • Place ground beef in the bottom of the slow cooker.
    • Add all other ingredients on top.
    • Cook on medium for 6 hours, or low for 8 hours.
    • Serve over your favorite pasta.

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