Frugal Friday: Spaghetti Bolognese, Slow Cooker Style!

This is my new go-to recipe when I need something uber-easy that is a guaranteed win with the kids. I like it because it is less than 20 minutes hands on, and very inexpensive to make. We had this for dinner for our family of 2 adults and 2 children last week, and there were no leftovers! Speaking of kids, please forgive the elbow macaroni in the photo; that’s what kind of pasta was requested the night I took the picture!

Spaghetti Bolognese


  • (Source: Real Simple)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound pasta


  1. Combine all the ingredients except the pasta in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  2. 20 minutes before you would like to eat, cook the pasta according to the package directions
  3. Serve the Bolognese sauce over the pasta and enjoy!

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