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Old Fashioned Spaghetti

Unlock Flavorful Delight: Linda’s Slow Cooker Spaghetti Recipe


In the heart of Georgia, there’s a culinary masterpiece that has stood the test of time and captured the hearts (and taste buds) of many — Linda’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti. This isn’t just any spaghetti; it’s a signature dish, a legacy crafted by a master in the kitchen, my beloved mother-in-law, Linda. As we indulge in this savory delight during our visits, it’s impossible not to crave it year-round. That’s why I took it upon myself to transform Linda’s stovetop spectacle into a hassle-free slow cooker sensation.

The Essence of Linda’s Spaghetti

A Culinary Journey

Linda’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti is a gastronomic adventure. The meaty spaghetti, infused with a sauce that transcends the ordinary, offers a flavor profile that tantalizes the taste buds. Unlike store-bought canned sauces, Linda’s creation elevates the dining experience, providing a culinary journey that combines tradition with a burst of modern flavor.

Simmered to Perfection

Traditionally prepared on the stovetop, Linda’s spaghetti demands patience. Simmering and cooking down over hours, each ingredient melds into a symphony of tastes, creating a rich and unforgettable sauce. However, recognizing the demand for convenience, Linda expressed her desire for a slow cooker adaptation.

The Slow Cooker Revolution

Toss, Set, Forget

Responding to Linda’s wish, the slow cooker version of this iconic dish was born. The adaptation ensures that anyone can savor the bold and flavorful meat sauce spaghetti with minimal effort. By simply tossing in the carefully curated ingredients and walking away, you unlock a world of taste without the need for constant attention.

Time-Efficient Cooking

The slow cooker version not only retains the depth of flavor but also introduces a time-efficient approach. Ideal for busy individuals who crave a hearty meal without the fuss, this adaptation allows you to enjoy Linda’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti with the convenience of setting it in the crockpot in the morning and returning to a delectable dinner at the end of the day.

Crafting Your Slow Cooker Masterpiece

Ingredients (for a serving of 4)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions


  1. Brown the Beef: In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until fully cooked. Drain excess fat.
  2. Sauté Aromatics: In the same skillet, sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  3. Slow Cooker Assembly: Transfer the browned beef, sautéed aromatics, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (if desired), red wine (optional), and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  4. Set and Forget: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve with Perfection: Discard the bay leaves and spoon the flavorful meat sauce over cooked spaghetti.

Conclusion: A Culinary Triumph

In adapting Linda’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti for the slow cooker, we’ve not only preserved the essence of this timeless dish but also made it accessible to all. The convenience of the slow cooker does not compromise the bold and flavorful experience that defines Linda’s culinary triumph. Elevate your dining routine with a symphony of tastes that transcends the ordinary.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?