This recipe for crockpot spaghetti is probably my husband’s favorite dinner, and it’s super-easy.
What makes this recipe unique and pretty cool is that you put the uncooked noodles straight into the crockpot.
I know, I know, it’s not like boiling noodles is this arduous and complicated task. But then again, it kinda is. It means another pot to wash, and having the wash the colander, and babysitting it to make sure the water doesn’t boil over, and then cleaning it up when it inevitably does anyway (at least for me).
Let’s face it: I’m just lazy when it comes to the kitchen.
This is a very slightly modified version of a recipe I found in the cookbook Fix it and Forget It.
I don’t even have that book anymore, because, frankly, I didn’t like it that much. There were no photos and too many recipes of the same kind. (I don’t want a book to throw 15 different chili recipes at me; I want them to pick the best two or three. Especially when there are no photos of any of them!)
Also, a lot of the recipes were what I call “gloppy,” ie, Cream of Something Soup mixed with frozen Tater Tots, etc.
[You can read about a cookbook that I do like very much in this post.]
Anyway, on to the spaghetti, the one and only recipe from Fix It and Forget It that I continued to make often!
1 pound ground beef (I have also used ground sausage, but we prefer beef)
1 small onion
3 cups tomato juice
8 oz can of tomato sauce
Various spices (I like garlic powder, oregano, and Italian seasoning)
8 oz uncooked spaghetti
1. Chop the onion
2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet with the chopped onion
3. Put beef/onion mixture, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and seasonings into a sprayed crockpot
4. Cook on High for three hours, OR Low for six or seven hours
5. Break up uncooked spaghetti into 3-4 pieces each and add it to the pot.
6. Cook on High for 30 minutes, stirring about every 8-10 minutes
My husband really likes his spaghetti with bread, so depending on what mood I’m in, I either make something in the bread machine or heat up some frozen garlic bread from the store.