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Calgary, AB / 587-437-3197 / jenna@simplynurtured.ca

2016 by Jenna Lessner 

  • Jenna Lessner, BSc, CHNC

Slow Cooker Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Updated: Feb 13

I'll admit it... I love spaghetti! Since adopting a Paleo diet 5 years ago I have found delicious substitutions for pasta, one of them being spaghetti squash. This Slow Cooker Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash is one of my go-to meals. Mostly because I love anything I can throw in the slow cooker and walk away from for hours... but also because it is pretty yummy!

Slow Cooker Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash


  • 1 1/2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef

  • 1 Yellow Onion (diced)

  • 5 Garlic (cloves, minced)

  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms (diced)

  • 3 cups Diced Tomatoes (drained)

  • 3 cups Crushed Tomatoes

  • 3 Bay Leaf

  • 1 tsp Oregano

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash

  • 1/2 cup Basil Leaves (chopped)

  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook while breaking up the pieces with a spatula until browned. Transfer to your slow cooker. Add mushrooms, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, bay leaves and oregano. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

  2. About 1 hour before you are ready to eat, preheat the oven to 400. Carefully slice your spaghetti squash in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard.

  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the squash on the sheet with the flesh side up. Bake in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the squash.

  4. Remove from oven and allow it to cool until it is safe to handle. Use a fork to carve the flesh out of the squash. It should come out like spaghetti noodles. Place the flesh in a large mixing bowl and toss with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, chopped basil and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Remove bay leaves from slow cooker. Plate spaghetti squash and spoon bolognese sauce over top. Garnish with fresh ground pepper and red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Enjoy!