Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

Can we talk about my mad love for homemade meat sauce? Growing up my idea of homemade sauce was browning some meat and adding in a jar of store bought sauce. I don’t have anything against store-bought sauce BUT it’s hands down not as good as homemade. When I first moved to New York I was like a fish out of water when it came to Italian food. First of all, I pronounced Italian “eyetalian” which was 100% incorrect and is guaranteed to annoy just about everyone in New York. So as if my pronunciation of Italian wasn’t bad enough I also knew nothing about Italian food.

Luckily for me, my old boss made the BEST sauce! To this day, I can still mentally taste it when I think about it. It was filled with meat and slow roasted on the stove. Sweet baby J I could have eaten that sauce every single day if allowed. It was at that moment I realize homemade sauce is KING! 

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

Now, while this slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is not the same as my bosses it’s still pretty darn delicious. It’s packed full of meat, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms and just a touch of red pepper. I love that little hit of heat when it comes to homemade sauce. Then I let it simmer all day in the slow cooker and was rewarded with a damn fine sauce. It was perfect overtop homemade pasta and then I froze 2 containers. I didn’t really need all this sauce staring me in the face so now I have it sitting in my freezer for when I need a quick “OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER?!” meal.

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

Now one thing that makes this sauce just a little different than typical meat sauce is the addition of mushrooms and lots of Parmesan cheese. I love the meatiness of mushrooms and it’s one of my favorite things to add to meat sauce. The Parmesan cheese just adds a nice bite and lots of rich cheesy flavor – you’ll love it!

{Looking for more slow cooker dishes? Try my slow cooker honey mustard pulled pork, chipotle bbq pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes or my slow cooker beef barley soup.}

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Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions:

In a large skillet add olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot add in the ground beef, mushrooms, yellow onion and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned and the mushrooms and onions are soft.

Add meat mixture to a large slow cooker and add in the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours. If the mixture gets too thick while cooking you can thin out with a little more tomato sauce, stock or wine.

Remove the bay leaves before serving over pasta or with garlic bread.

Note: If you want more herb seasoning feel free to add more Italian seasoning. The sauce can be played around with to match your desired flavor profile.

This slow cooker Parmesan meat sauce is slow cooked and full of flavor. Perfectly seasoned and goes great over fresh pasta. It can be easily frozen so you can have fresh sauce any day of the year!

27 Responses to “Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce”

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — April 14, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Ha! My dad still does the “brown your meat and add in the jarred sauce” method. I never even knew what homemade sauce was until I met my husband! I need to show him this so he can get with the times 🙂

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    Marye — April 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I am loving this meat sauce, it is so full of flavor!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen — April 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Can I tell you that I had the same experience with browning meat and adding *gasp* Ragu to the mix growing up? Then I moved to NY, married an Italian and learned better ;). This recipe looks SO fantastic, Brandy! Must try!!

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    Florian @ContntednessCooking — April 14, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I bet this will impress a bunch of people. So flavorful!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — April 14, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I love the mushrooms AND the parmesan. I swear I can smell it from here. GAH! Sounds fabulous and we will all love this dish at our house.

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — April 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Haha – when I was in college, the browned turkey meat and store bought sauce was a staple! But, this is so so much better – I love the mushrooms mixed in with the beef – Brandy, this sauce sounds so amazing, I’d skip the pasta and eat this straight up – a sauce soup if you must – that’s ok right?
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    Maria — April 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I come from an Italian family, and really appreciate this recipe:) Your food photography is beautiful and cheerful!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — April 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my goodness does this look AH-MAZING! Yet another awesome slow cooker recipe to add to my list! Pinning!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Oh man..this is so perfect. I laughed out loud at your old pronunciation of Italian LOL That’s too great! Being Italian, I approve of this sauce and it looks heavenly 🙂

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Homemade sauce is definitely the best! Love the idea of making a big batch and freezing some for later!

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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets — April 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I am seriously drooling! These photos are gorgeous and this sauce sounds delish! I love the addition of mushrooms.

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    The Food Hunter — April 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    This is my kind of meal…can’t wait to try it.

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef — April 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    What a gorgeous pasta recipe!! Loving your meat sauce! YUM!!

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    foodwanderings — April 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Gosh help I want to dive into this past dish. Scrumptious looking!

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    foodwanderings — April 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    *pasta* 🙂

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — April 14, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    This is a seriously delicious looking sauce! AND it’s made in the slow-cooker? Win-win!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — April 14, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    So I’m currently doing Whole30 (kill me now) but at least I can still have this sauce! Just not the pasta 😭

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    Erin — April 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Brandi, this looks amazing!!!! I store plain marinara in the freezer but I need to make this and store it. I think I need to make this tomorrow. Wow. I love the addition of mushrooms.

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    Liz — April 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Yum – thank you.

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    eat good 4 life — April 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Oh boy I am so making this when I start school. The perfect, comfort, easy recipe to have with pasta!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Haha. Isn’t that almost everyone’s idea of how to make meat sauce? I like homemade and make it sometimes and definitely prefer it but sometimes I just want to go the jarred route. But this?! Even on my laziest days I could manage this. 🙂 And love all the added Parmesan!

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    Katalina @ Peas and Peonies — April 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    OMG this Is seriously the most appetizing and fabulous pasta sauce I have seen! So making it!

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    Sabrina — April 16, 2016 at 4:04 am

    The slow cooker is such a useful kitchen tool! This is a great recipe for me to use it on!

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    Melissa Bailey | Hungry Food Love — April 18, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Having lots of mushroom and parmesan makes this sauce not just different, but also even better! Yum!

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish — April 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This looks so good! My dad is Italian and would start making his sauce at like 5AM on Sundays… the house always smelled amazing!!

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    Barbara Gravante — January 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Brandi This was easy and delicious. I have quite a bit left over so I can’t wait to have some friends over and enjoy another meal again. Thank you for posting.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

      Hi Barbara! I’m so glad you enjoyed the sauce! It’s a HUGE favorite around here!

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