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Indulge your pasta craving with this creamy, slow cooker meat pasta sauce. Cooking it low and slow brings out the best flavors!

Slow Cooker Meat Pasta Sauce

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours 20 mins
  • Total Time: 6 hours 35 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery hearts, diced
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup white wine (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. pasta, cooked al dente


  1. Over medium high heat, brown the ground beef until cooked. Drain any excess fat and remove beef
  2. Melt butter and pour in olive oil and saute onions, carrots and celery until soft, about 10 minutes
  3. Add meat and stir to combine
  4. Add wine and cook until it evaporates, about 10 minutes
  5. Add tomato paste, nutmeg, beef bouillon cubes and season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Transfer meat sauce to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  7. Pour in heavy cream and stir to mix
  8. Toss the sauce with the pasta and dish and serve warm with shaved Parmesan cheese


Stove top: Follow steps 1-5. Reduce heat to medium and add in heavy cream. Simmer for 10 minutes or until cream has reduced and incorporated fully into the sauce. Toss with pasta and serve hot.