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Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti

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A couple weekends ago I remember thinking, I wonder what would happen if I did spaghetti in the crockpot?  Oh my goodness, I did it and it’s fabulous!  Now I am wondering why on earth didn’t I do it sooner?

No boiling the noodles, just throw it all into the crock pot and dinner is done a few hours later.  I added a little secret ingredient to my spaghetti….some cream cheese that makes for a creamy dreamy sauce.  Be sure to try it 🙂

Hope you enjoy this simple dinner!

Here’s your line up.  I actually used 3 jars of sauce so add one more to this picture….and a couple cups of chicken broth 🙂

For starters, brown up 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet.

I keep it simple, a little salt, pepper and garlic salt/or powder.

Now we are ready for the crock pot.

Start by pouring one jar of pasta sauce into the bottom of your crock pot.

Time for the noodles 🙂

Break them in half so they fit nicely into the crock pot.

Pour your ground beef over the noodles.

Sprinkle with some Parmesan Cheese.

Add some cubed cream cheese….my favorite part!

One more jar of pasta sauce over top.

Nice and even 🙂

Close the lid and you are good to go!


Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or salt

3 jars 26 ounce pasta sauce

1 pound spaghetti noodles

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

4 ounces cream cheese

1-2 cups chicken broth

1. Cook/brown beef into a medium skillet over medium heat until crumbled and browned Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drain fat from pan if necessary.

2. Pour one jar of pasta sauce into bottom of crock pot on high heat. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place noodles over sauce. Pour cooked beef over noodles, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with cubes of cream cheese. Pour another jar of pasta over cream cheese, close lid and let cook on high for 3 hours. After 3 hours, give a good stir (will be thick) and add last jar of pasta sauce and 1-2 cups of chicken broth (more if you want a thinner sauce). Close lid and let cook another hour or until ready to serve.

Makes 10-12 servings


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  1. 51
    kita says:

    My crock pot and I are in the middle of a salacious affair lately and this spaghetti may be just what we need to spice things up. This sounds perfect, and hearty and wonderful after a long day of work.

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  3. 53
    MG says:

    Any preference on the brand or type of sauce that you use?

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    Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I need something that I can get ready before hand on soccer nights. This looks like the perfect solution! I just stumbled upon your site today and have already bookmarked 15 recipes. I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out!

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    Ashley M says:

    This looks super easy and sounds GREAT….Always looking for new ways for the crockpot….Will be supper this week………..YUMMMMYYYYYYYYY

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    Misty says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. I used fully cooked sausage and mostaccioli and it came out delish.

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    katie says:

    this looks fabulous, making it tonight my DD is a little nervous about the “cheese” in the sauce, but I think she will love it

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    Claire says:

    Hmmm this looks so delicious and simple! I had no idea you could cook spaghetti in a slow cooker (esp the noodles!) but it’s a great idea. I know what I’m cooking for dinner tonight 🙂

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    Kimberley says:

    This has 30 minutes to go in my crock pot and I can’t wait to taste it. I noticed when I stirred the spaghetti there was clumping. I picked up “thin” spaghetti thinking it would be best, but next time I’ll just get regular after reading the comments.

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    Kimberley says:

    Ok, the dish is finished and has cooled some and…..boy, it’s good! I will definitely make this again. I’ll use regular sized spaghetti (although, I don’t mind the few clumps that are in here b/c they are minimal) next time. I’ve paired it with a chopped salad. I cook for myself only so this will be lunch and dinner tomorrow, as well, and the rest will get frozen. I hope it freezes well!

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    Emili Glass says:

    followed to the T, and ended up with mushy mess of noodles that we barely could eat. Bummer..

  21. 71
    Heather says:

    I tried this and it turned out great! Next time I make it, I’ll be making a couple of tweaks. I wasn’t able to find 26 oz jars, so I’m going to make up the difference with water, because it really could have used the extra moisture. I am also going to go with linguine because I think my crock-pot runs hot, and although the spaghetti was perfect, it would not have taken much more time to be over-cooked (at 6500 feet). I will be making it at sea-level next and need the time to be a bit more forgiving. I think that the extra water, and the switch to linguine might be just right.

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    Summer says:

    This is EXACTLY what I’m looking for!! Can’t wait to try it. LOVE your website.

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    Katie says:

    Has anyone used a little more spaghetti so there are a few more servings? I am making this for a party with 12 people and want to be sure there is enough for everyone!! Thanks!

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    Kristy says:

    I loved this recipe- and it was so easy!

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    skittles says:

    I want to try this!! I didn’t have time to use the crockpot for dinner tonight by the time I read this so I just boiled a whole box of spaghetti noodles in 2 jars of sauce with a little water and it turned out GREAT! No draining required and the noodles soaked up so much of the flavor. Amazing! Can’t wait to try your version with the cream cheese to make it even better!

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    Mary says:

    I am making this now but i am using my own tomatoes and using frozen chicken strips of breast meat instead of beef.

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    Day says:

    This looks delish! We are hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser soon, and I was thinking this might be a good recipe to use. Do you think it would be possible to double the recipe? If so, what kind of adjustments would need to be made?

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    whitney says:

    The creamy crockpot speghetti is so easy!!! Thanks so much will be using many more recepies on here!!!

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    Brittany says:

    I am going to try this for supper tonight, I haven’t heard of cooking spaghetti in the slow cooker until now. Also, this is going to be the first using my crock-pot so I am pretty excited that it will be spaghetti seeing as it’s my favorite meal 🙂

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    Kelly V. says:

    Just found this via pinterest & wanted to let you know I used the Morning Star crumbles frozen since I don’t eat meat, and served to others who do. It was so delicious, no one knew the difference until I told them! Just thought I’d share since it could be a time saving tip for those who don’t want to brown the meat – I just added some garlic & pepper on top before the cheese. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Melissa says:

    Just made it! Delicious! Thanks so much!

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    Amanda says:

    Made this tonight, and it was a big mushy mess! Used regular spaghetti noodles, and only cooked for 2 hours…not sure what went wrong. Kinda bummed! Like the idea of the flavor combo, next time will nix the crock pot and use the stove to.

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    jordan says:

    i’d like to make this for dinner during the week but work 9-5 and don’t want to wait to eat until 10pm. any suggestions on how to best slow-cook this recipe throughout the day so i could turn on before work and it be ready by the time i come home?

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    Laura says:

    This is delicious! It has such a great, creamy texture. What I like most about it is that it keeps that texture even when stored in the fridge for leftovers; spaghetti cooked in water soaks up sauce during storage and gets mushy. Thanks for the recipe! I will be making this over and over.

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    julianne says:

    This looks so yummy! How many hours do you cook it? and on low or high?

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    Samantha says:

    I was wondering what would happen if you cook it longer on low has any one tried it?

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    Brenda Boyd says:

    I am making this creamy spaghetti tonight. It smells delicious. I hope the family likes it. Thanks for the recipe.

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    brenda2020 says:

    Hi Jenny, I am making this creamy spaghetti for dinner tonight. It looks delicious. Hope the family enjoys it. Thank you for sharing.

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    Crystal says:

    It’s pretty good. It’s hard for me to get my daughter to eat dinner most of the time. She always just wants PB&J, hotdogs, and corndogs….she actually ate it with no problem, so it must be good. My son doesn’t think it’s the greatest thing. I really like it because I like the thickness of the sauce. I hate when it’s runny and I never knew how to get it to not be runny. Really love the fact that there is cream cheese in it.

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    Amanda says:

    I just made this and wow it was so good and so easy to make! I don’t think I will ever make spaghetti the traditional way again! Thanks for a wonderful and easy dish!

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