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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Start this delicious spaghetti bolognese in the morning and finish it off when you get home!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 10 minutes
Course: beef, Comfort Foods, Everyday Meals, pasta, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spaghetti bolognese
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 607kcal


  • 2 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
  • 46 oz 1 large can/bottle tomato juice
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms fresh or canned (drain the can)
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar optional (see NOTES)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz 1/2 box spaghetti, broken in half -OR- 8 oz (1/2 box) “pot-size” spaghetti


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms and seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, low 8-10
  • Stir in spaghetti. Turn cooker to high if you originally cooked on low setting.
  • Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until spaghetti is tender.


If you want a tart (not sweet) sauce, omit the brown sugar


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1275mg | Potassium: 1359mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg