Family Pasta Recipe

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
A Soup Base for Another Great
Slow Cooker Recipe

A family pasta recipe is perfect for your busy schedule.  It gives you two dinners in one shot.  Enjoy the homemade spaghetti dinner the first night and dive into a bowl of flavorful and vegetables packed soup.  Wait, there is more.  You only need to wash the pot once between these 2 meals.  WOW, huh?

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - A family pasta recipe likes this one give you the advantage of one stone, two birds.  One recipe creates two dinners and NO need to wash your pot in between.  MUST TRY.

Total Time:
3 Hours 35 Minutes
Prep Time
: 5 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 30 Minutes  
Inactive Cook Time: 3 Hours  
Serving: 4-6

You may have had this spaghetti with meat sauce recipe or something similar before.  But wait till you try the spaghetti sauce vegetable soup made out of the leftover…You will make it over and over again.

A family pasta recipe can start cooking the night before.  Once it is boiled, turn down heat and let it cool down while the cooking process continues.  Heat it up the next night for dinner.


My husband and his family are not big on meat balls.  Therefore, when it comes to spaghetti, they always like to serve this meat sauce.  Some of our relatives use ground deer meat and it comes out as delicious as this one.

It is not a typical slow cooker recipe that you cook in high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.  After so many trial and errors, I realize that it will burn the sauce. 

If I serve this easy dinner recipe during the week, I always cook it the night before serving.  It is around the time after dinner and before going to bed.

Following the recipe below, I brown the meat on the skillet and transfer everything into a slow cooker.  Cook on high heat.  When the sauce bubbles around the edge in about an hour, quick stir the sauce, cover it with the lid and turn off the heat immediately.  While the meat sauce is cooling down during the night, the heat continues the cooking process.

On the night of serving, I turn on the slow cooker to high heat right after coming back home from work.  When I see the edge starts bubbling in about 45 minutes to an hour, I start cooking the spaghetti to get dinner ready on the table.

Before serving, take out 2 cups of meat sauce and set it aside for the next slow cooker easy dinner.

If you serve this easy slow cooker recipe during your days off or weekend, just follow the recipe below.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Family Pasta Recipe and Instructions


2 Cans (32 ounces each)  Tomato Sauce
1 Can (6 ounces) Tomato Paste
1 ½ pounds 90% Lean Ground Beef
1 pound Spaghetti


½ teaspoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat a big skillet at medium high heat and brown the meat
  2. Use spatula to separate the meat into pieces; about 10-15 minutes
  3. Transfer the meat and dripping into the slow cooker
  4. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste into the slow cooker
  5. Cook the sauce in low heat about 3 hours
  6. Add all the seasonings and adjust to taste
  7. Save 2 cups of spaghetti meat sauce and set aside for a delicious slow cooker spaghetti sauce vegetable soup recipe
  8. About 30 minutes before serving, prepare spaghetti per package instructions and serve with sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese (I prefer Saputo Stella brand)

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