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{VIDEO} Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Meat Sauce (Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Shannon Epstein
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or more)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaves


Slow Cooker

  1. In a large skillet, add ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain grease. Add the ground beef to the slow cooker.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  3. Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or low 6-8.
  4. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Instant Pot

  1. Turn on the pressure cooker and select sauté. Once hot  add the oil, ground beef, and onion.  Cook 5-7 minutes until the ground beef is browned and the onion is soft. Crumble the ground beef as it cooks. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Drain excess grease from the pressure cooker if needed.
  2. Add broth, tomato paste, oregano,  salt, thyme, basil, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to mix well.
  3. Pour crushed tomatoes on top. Top with bay leaves. Do not stir.
  4. Close lid and seal valve. Cook high pressure for 20 minutes. Natural release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bay leaves & stir.