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Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce

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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.

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Robin

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Recently found this recipe. We LOVE it! This is our go-to recipe when we want "spaghetti". We use fettuccine instead of spaghetti.

Barbara Gravante

Monday 16th of January 2017

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

Monday 16th of January 2017

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

Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

Monday 18th of April 2016

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

Melissa Bailey | Hungry Food Love

Monday 18th of April 2016

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

Sabrina

Saturday 16th of April 2016

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

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