I dream about coming home from work with nothing on the agenda for the rest of the evening. But I have kids, so this is NOT reality.

An easy family dinner and a buttoned-up bedtime routine keep the chaos in check on a nightly basis.

There was a time, before kids, where I would spend hours cooking dinner. I would then, eat the entire meal – while it was still warm! Kids change your life, including your meals.easy family dinner

The slow cooker becomes your best friend for providing a wholesome, easy family dinner. Spaghetti is always a favorite at our house. There is just something about a rich red sauce, coating every noodle that brings comfort to the soul.

This crockpot spaghetti is seriously a set it and forget it meal. The ground beef is the only item needing to be cooked before throwing into the crockpot.

Because our kids normally turn up their noses when we put vegetables on their plate, we try our hardest to hide vegetables in as many meals as possible. Although a subtle addition, we have hidden both carrots and zucchini in the sauce – and our kids haven’t noticed it yet!

This easy spaghetti makes a lot of servings, which is great for leftovers. We have even frozen a portion and thawed for later use.easy family dinner

To stretch the meal even further, I like to make a side salad and garlic bread. Our kids won’t eat lettuce, but my husband and I appreciate the extra healthy greens. Our kids DO eat the garlic bread.

On a night when an easy family dinner is needed, this crockpot spaghetti can be your go-to.

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Easy Family Dinner: Veggie Packed Crockpot Spaghetti


Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 Onion finely diced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • ½ zucchini finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 26- ounce-jars pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Cook the meat, onion, carrot, zucchini, garlic powder and salt for about 5-7 minutes, until cooked through. Drain excess fat.
  2. Pour one jar of pasta sauce and 1 cup of water in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Break the spaghetti noodles in half and place them on top of the sauce.
  4. Add the cooked meat and sprinkle with the cheese.
  5. Cover with the second jar of pasta sauce.
  6. Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 2- 2 1/2 hours or low for 6 hours.
  7. Once done, remove the lid and stir to combine.

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