Making crockpot spaghetti sauce with ground beef is a fun and easy recipe. Because the tomatoes stew for a long time, they fall apart completely and become nice and sweet. And the best part of this Italian recipe? You put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and you don't have to look after it for a few hours (until it's time for dinner).
Before serving, taste the spaghetti and meat sauce. The acidity of the tomatoes can differ from time to time. Therefore it might be necessary to add some extra sugar.
Frying the tomato paste in the pan for two minutes, will sweet it (otherwise it could be a bit sour).
In the frying pan, we bake the onion, bacon, tomato paste, garlic, and minced meat before we add it to make a crockpot spaghetti sauce. This will take you about terminates. If you have just a little bit of time, you can omit this step. It's not really necessary (although it does add extra flavor).
Wine contains alcohol, but this will evaporate during heating this sauce. If you prefer not to use wine, you can leave it out.
You can replace the peeled tomatoes with fresh, tomatoes. Only do it when they're in season. Then their flavor is optimal. In other seasons it's not recommended because canned tomatoes almost always taste better.
You can also replace the ground beef with half-and-half meat (which is budget-friendly) or with ground chicken. If you prefer a vegetarian/vegan dish use Vega minced meat and substitute the bacon with slices of mushrooms or sun-dried tomatoes.
This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious to serve with spaghetti or any other pasta. But you can also use it as a meat sauce for your lasagna.
Slice the onion finely.
Squeeze the garlic cloves.
Peel the carrots and cut into cubes of ¼ x ¼ inch (½ x ½ cm).
Cut the celery into cubes of ¼ x ¼ inch (½ x ½ cm).
Bake the onion, bacon, and tomato paste for three minutes in a frying pan.
Add the garlic and stir-fry for thirty seconds.
Then add the minced beef and bake for four to five minutes until brown.
Into the crockpot
Put everything from the frying pan into the crockpot.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the bay leaf, to the slow cooker.
Put the bay leaf on top and place the lid on the crockpot.
Turn the slow cooker on low heat for at least 5 hours.