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Crock-pot Spaghetti

My husband very seldom makes requests for dinner.  I ask, “What do you want for dinner this week?”, and he generally responds with, “whatever”. 

My daughter on the other hand, is full of ideas. 

“Spaghetti with 2 meatballs, on the side.”

“Grilled cheese sandwiches with Parmesan cheese.”

“Can we just have candy for dinner?”

So, today, when my husband told me he wanted “crock-pot spaghetti” and my daughter wanted “spaghetti”, I was pretty sure what we were going to have for dinner. 

Now, I have never made crock-pot spaghetti before.  Honestly, it never crossed my mind, because spaghetti is one of the easiest dishes to throw together.  But, when the hubby makes a suggestion, I generally try to comply, since it is few and far between.  

I had a general idea of what would go in a crock-pot spaghetti, but I still looked at a few recipes online.  And, wow… there are some interesting recipes out there.  Creamy spaghetti, mushroom spaghetti, spaghetti squash spaghetti, chicken spaghetti… there are a lot of options out there!! 

But I was looking for something simple.  Easy.  Homemade.  I couldn’t really find a recipe for exactly what I was wanting, so I kind of winged it.  And I’m so glad I did.  It turned out wonderfully!  As my daughter put it, “you are a wonderful maker, mommy!”.

I’ll take that accolade, thank you very much. 

Okay, so here is what I did. 

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Crock-pot Spaghetti

(Serves 4 – 6 hungry people)

  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce 
  • 6 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano (use fresh, if you have it!)
  • 1 tsp dried basil (use fresh, if you have it!)
  • 1/2 pound uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded Parmesan 

In a pan, brown ground beef.  Transfer to a crock-pot, and add onion, tomato sauce, tomato juice, oregano and basil.  Cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3 – 4 hours.  Add in uncooked spaghetti, salt and pepper, and continue cooking another 30 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. 

Top with shredded Parmesan, and dish up! 

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