Easy-Does-It Spaghetti Recipe
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Easy-Does-It Spaghetti Recipe

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This savory spaghetti sauce is a nice change from some of the sweeter store-bought varieties. With fresh bread and a green salad, you have a complete meal. - Genevieve Hrabe, Plainville, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, mace and pepper
  • 1 package (7 ounces) spaghetti, broken in half


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms and seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  2. Stir in spaghetti. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until spaghetti is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
If you have a little extra preparation time, substitute 1/2 cup chopped onion for the dried minced onion in Easy-Does-It-Spaghetti.
Originally published as Easy-Does-It Spaghetti in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p67

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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msu4two User ID: 3762709 67593
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I haven't made this yet, but have a question for those who have - Did you add the full 2 teaspoons of salt to this recipe? I just made homemade spaghetti sauce tonight (another Taste of Home recipe), and only added 1/2 teaspoon. I love salt and don't do low-sodium, but that seems like way too much."

DonMeek User ID: 4808894 88634
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"This has become my go-to recipe for slow cooker spaghetti. You can do all sorts of things with it as far as additions. I am going to make it tomorrow and add a bell pepper, some real onion and two cans of mushrooms because my wife and I like them. It has my vote and I will make it may times to come."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 67442
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Husband was a fan, I was not. I prefer chunky spaghetti sauces with lots of veggies. But it was super easy to make!

~ Theresa"

jinxy_69 User ID: 2386149 83530
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012 Edited Oct. 29, 2015

"This is really easy and it tastes fantastic! I was a little hesitant about the seasonings, but they work well with it. I did use fresh onion and garlic, but that was the only things I changed. The whole family loved it and I will definitely be making it again.

Have made this multiple times now. It is my go to spaghetti dish during the work week. I also make a vegetarian version. Just leave out the meat and saute fresh veggies to throw in instead. I used carrots, celery, onion, green peppers, and mushrooms. Delicious 1"

elianenicolas2004 User ID: 4854560 88629
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"jÈai faite unefoiscetterecetteetmafamilleatrouvercabon"

galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 28950
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"I would probably change the spices next time, but the thing I appreciated most about this recipe is that you cook the pasta in the crock pot without dirtying another pot on the stove. The tomato juice provides the moisture you need but it isn't runny by the time you are done. Thanks for teaching me a new cooking technique!"

artemis2854 User ID: 1498096 33711
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2008

"Surprisingly, this is VERY GOOD! I did change the herbs/spices to garlic, oregano & basil though. I served with shredded cheddar on top."

b_layman_32 User ID: 723 28948
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2008

"This is a great recipe. It is great for ppeople who are not home donig the day you can put it in the slow cooker in the morning and when you come home dinner is ready. Thanks for the recipe."

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