Hi guys!  I am excited to share a new recipe that I whipped up today, crock pot spaghetti sauce.  I am a big fan of crock pot recipes due to the fact that they can be major time savers in the kitchen.

The recipe below is one that I created this afternoon in an attempt to make a healthier version of spaghetti sauce that contained veggies as well as meat.  The sauce was super easy to prepare and tasted quite good so I decided I would share it with all of you.  Enjoy!


  • 1lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 10z box of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 7 oz bag frozen sliced mushrooms
  • 2 14 oz cans Hunt’s diced fire roasted tomatoes (I used one can of spicy red pepper and one regular)
  • 8 oz of vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ tsp of fennel
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • Red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
saute onions

saute onions



Add sausage to pan with onions

Add chicken stock

Add chicken stock

add veggies

Place all ingredients in the crock pot, excluding butter



Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Once melted, add onions to pan and saute until slightly translucent then add a dash or two of salt. (Adding the salt once the onions have cooked to this stage makes them a bit sweeter and minimizes nasty onion breath!!:)
  3. While onions are cooking, open on can of diced tomatoes and liquefy with food processor.
  4. Add Italian sausage to pan and cook until browned and onions are beginning to crystallize on the pan.
  5. Add a glug of red wine to deglaze the pan, then dump contents into crock pot.
  6. Add all remaining ingredients to the pan except butter.  Stir well and set crock pot to high setting and cook for 2.5 hours.
  7. Add butter and cook for an additional thirty minutes, then serve over your favorite pasta.
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Sending peace, love and happiness to all!


Kelly Kirby Worley
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