Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti

It’s that time of the month again!


For last month’s challenge, I shared the Dark Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Glaze {YUM}

This month’s challenge was for Spaghetti – traditional, red sauce spaghetti.  I found this delicious and super simple sounding Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce on The Cooking Photographer – if you don’t know this blog yet — you need to go now {well, wait until after you’ve read this and THEN go over there and discover the delicious – yummy – fabulousness that is The Cooking Photographer}

Anyhoo – what with going to New Orleans, going to Blissdom and you know — regular life :-) I was really looking for a recipe that would be delicious, simple and I can use for those long kickball days!

This recipe completely fit the bill.

A few of my favorite must have ingredients – Tomatoes, Basil – Onions – Garlic

Combine with Cooked Turkey and a few dried herbs to simmer, all day long and make your house smell insanely, tonguegasmically, deliciously divine.

This is so easy.  Simmer the onion in butter until they begin to soften, add in the ground turkey and when that’s almost done cooking – toss in some fresh chopped garlic – finish cooking and dump that into your slow cooker.  Top that with tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves and a couple of heaping teaspoons of oregano and basil

Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10.

I served this over our favorite healthy, whole grain pasta noodles – some fresh basil and REAL parmesan cheese.

This was devoured by and enjoyed by Nathan, Monkey and Me — Monkey had 3 servings AND took some to school for lunch today.  Princess is anti sauce (I know — a little piece of me cries every time she turns her nose up at sauces.)  She had noodles tossed in olive oil with poppy seeds, fresh basil and parmesan cheese

This recipe is definitely going into our meal rotation – and since this makes an ENTIRE slow cooker full of sauce – I have some of the sauce in my freezer for easy meals later on!

Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti
Prep time
Total time
  • 2.5 lbs ground Turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 whole bulb garlic, minced - YES a whole bulb - or less, your call.
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with basil and garlic
  • 2 (15 oz) cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 HEAPING tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 HEAPING tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1 HEAPING tsp basil (dried)
  • 4 bay leaves (dried)
  1. In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter
  2. Saute' onion in butter until softened, add in turkey and cook, stirring and breaking up the turkey occasionally.
  3. When the turkey is nearly cooked, add in the freshly minced garlic and continue cooking until the turkey is done.
  4. Put the meat mixture into your slow cooker and then add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes, herbs and bay leaves; stir well.
  5. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
Rachel's Notes
This makes a LOT of spaghetti sauce, so it's perfect for sharing with friends or freezing.
I cook about ½ a box of Whole Grain pasta noodles and we eat this for our main meal and then it gets portioned up (pasta and sauce) for lunches and leftovers.
I serve topped with fresh basil (chopped up) and fresh grated parmesan cheese.


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  1. says

    How nice that you featured a recipe by one of my all-time favorite bloggers (Laura featured my Vanilla Nut Bars once). I’m so sorry she’s not posting new recipes anymore. I’m going to drop her a line and let her know you featured her – she’ll be thrilled.

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my CCC – #75 Spaghetti Pie


  2. Paula says

    This spaghetti dish looks wonderful and made in the slow cooker is just too easy! Love meals like this!

    PS My little sister would not eat sauces when she was younger either. Would only eat pasta with butter and parmesan cheese on it. She’s all grown up now and funny thing, she only eats pasta with sauces!

  3. close to home says

    always looking for new slow cooker reicpes, this looks great. And leftovers too. a winner
    saying hi and following now too from CCC #80

  4. says

    Can’t believe I’m following Lisa! We made the same recipe — except, I used dehydrated tomatoes and my solar oven to get this yummy 3 ingredient sauce. Isn’t this a fun challenge! I’m #28. Come visit when you can.


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