How to Make Crock-Pot Spaghetti

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Purists may sniff that spaghetti has no business ever entering a slow cooker, because pasta won't hold its shape as well as when it's cooked the traditional way. In the get-real world, you may not always have the time or energy to cook with, and clean, both the slow cooker and a large stockpot. As long as you avoid throwing absolutely everything in the slow cooker hours before dinner, you can still create a spaghetti dinner.

How to Make Crock-Pot Spaghetti
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Things You'll Need

  • Frying pan, slotted spoon and ground beef
  • Spaghetti sauce ingredients
  • Dry spaghetti
  • Measuring cup
Step 1

Put all of your sauce ingredients into the slow cooker. If it's a meat sauce, brown the meat on the stovetop, then drain it of fat, before going into the slow cooker with the other sauce ingredients.

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Step 2

Put the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature to High or Low. The optimal cooking times, before adding pasta, is 6 to 7 hours on Low, or 3 to 4 hours on High.

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Step 3

Turn the slow cooker to High, if it isn't already at that setting, 30 to 60 minutes before dinner. Break the spaghetti into halves or thirds, and mix the spaghetti, plus 1 cup of water, to the slow cooker.

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Step 4

Check the pasta about 30 minutes after adding it the slow cooker. Depending on the type and amount of the spaghetti you are using, it may be at the al dente stage at this point, or it may need more time.

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Step 5

Ladle the spaghetti and sauce into a large bowl, and serve.

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