Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

spaghetti sauce

How many times have you purchased a jar of spaghetti sauce just because it was easier to heat it and serve?? Well I am here to tell you that you can make your sauce in the crock pot go off to work and eat when you get home. Right now my house smells wonderful and its the second time I have made this sauce in my crock pot. You can use the jarred sauce as a base of flavor and double your yield of sauce and save money. My husband and his buddies at work eat my cooking once a month. I made this for the June eat fest and they loved it and there was NOT ONE DROP LEFT!!

Try browning your ground beef, onions and garlic the night before then place the ingredients in the crock. Put the crock in the fridge until time to start the cooker.

Spaghetti Bolognese

1 lb Italian Sausage

1 lb Ground beef

1 large Onion, chopped fine

6 Cloves of Garlic, minced

1 Jar of  Pasta Sauce*

1 14oz. can Diced Tomatoes

2 8z. cans Tomato Sauce

1 Cup Milk

In a large skillet, brown the meat and onions. Drain off fat, Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Spray your crock pot with vegetable spray. Add the meat mixture, jar of sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and milk. Set crock pot for 4, 6 or 8 hours. Serve over pasta with fresh grated Parmesan cheese or grated mozzarella. If your lucky enough to have extra then freeze it and defrost on a busy night at another time.

Here is another tip: Can’t get the picky children to eat vegetables? In a food processor chop a carrot, stalk of celery, the onion and garlic then add right to the sauce in the crock pot! Great way to add fiber and vitamins to the meal.

*You may use a can of diced tomatoes in place of jarred sauce and add your herbs: 2 teaspoons parsley, 1 teaspoon dried oregano , one bay leaf. 1 teaspoon dried basil.

*You may also use the cheapest pasta sauce and this will still taste amazing. Hunt’s makes one in the can that is a lot cheaper and this method still works.

1 teaspoon of the dried herb = 1 tablespoon of the fresh