This crockpot pasta sauce is possibly the easiest way to cook ground meat. I know I am not the only one who forgets to thaw meat! It is so easy to just peel off the wrapper and get this cooking. In a few hours you will have a mouthwatering, savory sauce to go with the pasta.
What meat to use
I used ground venison for this recipe, because I have a lot in my freezer right now. Beef would work just fine. Actually, I think any ground meat would work fine! Try it with turkey, elk, or pork.
How to prepare the sauce
First, place 1-1/2 lbs frozen, ground meat in your crockpot. I just pulled meat out of the freezer, unwrapped it, and paced it in the crockpot; it was still rock hard. I held the meat packages under running water for a minute, just to loosen the wrapper.
Then, pour two cans of crushed tomatoes over the meat. Add onions, garlic, and spices. Stir the tomatoes and spices a bit. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. If you are using meat that isn’t frozen, cook on low.
After 4 hours, open the lid, and use a spatula to break up the meat. It should break up quite easily. Serve over cooked pasta.
Tips for this crockpot pasta sauce
– I used elk, you can use beef, pork, turkey, whatever you want.
– I used 1-1/2 lbs of meat, and it was very meaty. If you want less meat or need to save money, you can use just 1 pound of meat.
– I added more red pepper flakes, because I like mine a bit spicy. But feel free to leave it out! My littlest kid thought it was too spicy.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce with Deer Meat
- 1-1/2 lbs frozen ground deer meat can use any ground meat
- 2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes Add more for a spicy kick!
- Place frozen meat in slow cooker.
- Pour tomatoes over the meat. Add diced onion and garlic. Add seasonings. Stir seasonings into tomatoes.
- Cook on high for 4 hours. (cook on low if using meat that isn't frozen) Break up meat with spoon. Serve over pasta.