Slawghetti is broccoli slaw cooked in the slow cooker or Instant Pot to a soft ‘spaghetti’ consistency. This is a great low-carb, paleo, and whole30 alternative to spaghetti.
Updated 2018 with Instant Pot instructions
Slawghetti is probably the recipe I make the most. Whenever I’m out of fresh ideas I turn to this. I like it because it’s really easy to throw together and pretty tasty if I must say so myself.
What is Slawghetti?
What the heck is slawghetti? Slawghetti is broccoli slaw cooked to a soft spaghetti consistency. I add my protein (usually ground meat) and vegetables to this recipe for an easy low-carb, paleo, and whole30 one-pot meal.
The Basic Ingredients
The 3 main ingredients in this recipe are: 12 ounces broccoli slaw (I use store-bought), 1 lb protein, and 28 ounces of diced tomatoes. Outside of that, use your creativity. For the protein you can use beef, turkey, pork, chicken. I tend to use ground meat but you can also use sliced boneless, skinless chicken, beef or pork as well. Make this vegetarian by omitting the meat all together and adding in more vegetables like portobello mushrooms or even tofu. Honestly, every single time I make this it’s different – sometimes I add spinach, other times I’ll throw in some bell peppers or mushrooms.
Other spaghetti alternative recipes you might enjoy:
after (slow cooker)
Brown Your Meat First
Do you need to saute the ground meat before adding it to the slow cooker? I’ll leave that up to you. I tend to always brown my ground meat before slow cooking so I can drain the grease before adding it to the slow cooker. Using the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) makes this step easy because you can saute directly in the base. If you’re using a very lean ground meat, you will find that you might not need to do this step.
This recipe uses Italian seasoning. If you don’t have an Italian seasoning, you can use my homemade blend below. Or use dried parsley, thyme, or basil.
I let my slawghetti cook the full 6 hours on low because I like my broccoli slaw strands to be very soft (not mushy, soft). If you like al dente strands then check on them after a couple of hours.
Slow Cooker Slawghetti VIDEO:
- 12 ounces broccoli slaw
- 1 lb meat, browned
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Handful fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
- 1 tablespoon oil
Optional but recommended: heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground meat and brown the meat, crumbling as you go. Drain grease.
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
- Set pressure cooker to the high saute setting. Once hot, add oil, ground meat, and onion and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain fat from the pressure cooker if needed.
- Stir in diced tomatoes, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
- Close and seal vent. Select high pressure and set time for 12 minutes.
- Quick-release pressure when cook time is completed.
I used my 3.5 quart slow cooker for this recipe. Serving a larger crowd? Double the recipe and use a 6-quart.
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