This delicious spaghetti bolognese cooks completely in your slow cooker. Kid and adult friendly and sure to become a family favorite!
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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Judith Hannemann


  • 2 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
  • 46 oz 1 large can/bottle tomato juice
  • 1 can 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms fresh or canned (drain the can)
  • 2 tbs dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbs 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