Monday, November 26

Grace for Dinner: Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Happy Monday, friends!  I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is officially upon us!  I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and full of time to give thanks for all your blessings.

If you're like me, you're ready to eat something very different from traditional Thanksgiving fare.  As much as I love turkey and dressing and all the trimmings, I'm ready for something else.  Today's Grace for Dinner recipe definitely fills the bill.

Today's recipe is from my friend Tonya from Love of Family and Home.  Tonya is one of the loveliest souls in the blogosphere.  She works part-time as a registered nurse and full-time as wife to a wonderful husband and mother of two of the cutest little boys you've ever seen.  Her blog is packed full of inspiration--everything from craft projects to room makeovers and all points in between.  I'm thrilled to have Tonya here today to share a simple dinner recipe.  Here's Tonya!

Hey friends!  I don't know about you, but cold weather always makes me CRAVE comfort foods!  One of those comfort foods for me is my great-grandmother's slow-cooker spaghetti sauce recipe.

Oh yeah....did I forget to mention that you make it in the crock pot?!  Delicious and easy! Woot woot!!

2 pounds ground beef (uncooked)
6 Tbsp minced onion
16 oz. can tomato sauce
4 6 oz. cans tomato paste
1 cup water
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 bay leaves (dried)
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp basil
4 tsp parsley flakes

Place uncooked ground beef into crock pot.  Add onion, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.   Add in seasonings.  Stir ingredients thoroughly until mixed well.  Cook for 3 1/2 hours on high.  Remove bay leaves before serving.  Serve with your favorite pasta.  Enjoy!

Thank you so much, Tonya!  This spaghetti sauce looks delicious, and it's just the kind of food I'm craving.

Now a prayer for your dinner:

Dear God, You are so good and kind.  You've given us so many blessings, and we are grateful that we had a special chance last week to stop and count those blessings.  Will you please help us to hold onto that attitude of gratitude as we move now into a the very busy Christmas season?  Help us always to be thankful, God.  We thank You now for this food, and we ask that you bless it to nourish our bodies.  Amen.


  1. That looks delicious! I never would have thought to put ground beef in the crock pot uncooked...what a time saver!

  2. Oh, that sounds both delicious and easy. I hate how browning ground beef makes my home stink so this is a fun alternative.

    As for turkey and trimmings.... I didn't have Thanksgiving dinner this year so I'll gladly receive leftovers! I prefer leftovers to the actual meal anyway.

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my recipe Richella! So honored to be featured on your blog today! :)

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  5. This looks delish AND perfect for busy Christmas preparation days!

    xoxo, Tanya

  6. yum, yum! Thanks for the recipe! I'm always on the hunt for a good crock pot recipe!
    Hugs, sweet friend.

  7. Richella, this looks wonderful! Wish I had seen this would have been perfect for today, while I'm working on my Christmas decor.

  8. Wow, NEVER thought of spaghetti in the crock pot! Looks delish!

  9. I had no idea that spaghetti sauce could be made in the crock pot. We love spaghetti and this recipe sounds really good.


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