Spaghetti Lover's Soup


This easy slow-cooker soup has all the great flavors of your favorite dish of spaghetti with beef sauce, without a lot of fussy preparation.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 1 medium carrot, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (14 ounce) jar prepared spaghetti sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 ounces dried spaghetti, broken into 2- to 3-inch pieces


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, celery, carrot, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Transfer meat mixture to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker (see Tip). Stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, water, tapioca, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in spaghetti. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes more or until pasta is tender.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

252 Calories
8g Fat
27g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 252
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 529mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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