Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti


Did you know that you can make spaghetti sauce in your slow cooker?

Yep, you can, and this slow cooker turkey spaghetti sauce is perfect for back to school, new parents, sports parents… etc….

slow cooker turkey spaghetti


This is a basic, but delicious recipe, and includes some of my absolute favorite flavors – Tomatoes, Basil – Onions – Garlic

slow cooker turkey spaghetti ingredients

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

slow cooker turkey spaghetti

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

Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti

Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:6 hrs
Total Time:6 hrs 15 mins


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter
  • Saute' onion in butter until softened, add in turkey and cook, stirring and breaking up the turkey occasionally.
  • When the turkey is nearly cooked, add in the freshly minced garlic and continue cooking until the turkey is done.
  • 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.
  • Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.


This makes a LOT of spaghetti sauce, so it's perfect for sharing with friends or freezing.
I cook about 1/2 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.
Author: Rachel

I serve this over our favorite healthy, whole grain pasta noodles – some fresh basil and REAL parmesan cheese.  ETA:  yes, you can absolutely serve this with zoodles!!!

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!


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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. I always keep jars of minced garlic in my fridge. So how much would equal a whole bulb? One clove is about 1/2 tsp. I’m trying to guess how many cloves are in a whole bulb. Any thoughts?

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