My Spaghetti Sauce

Lauren Conforti

By
@Hutt5asl

When I was growing up my mother would open a jar of Ragu when we had spaghetti. Even though I do like Ragu, there is just nothing like home made! My husband is Italian, and I had never made sauce from scratch. He got me started, but now, I make it my own. And the house smells phenomenal while it's cooking!


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Serves:

4 people, for 4 meals

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

SAUCE BASE

2 large
cans of tomato puree
2 large
cans of crushed tomatoes
1 large
can diced tomatoes
1 can(s)
tomato paste
1-2 c
sliced mushrooms (or use canned)
1
vidalia onion, chopped
1/2
green bell pepper, chopped (sometimes i substitute roasted red peppers)
4-5 clove
garlic, minced (adjust to suit your taste)

SEASONINGS - ** SEE DIRECTIONS

2 Tbsp
oregano
2 Tbsp
basil
1 Tbsp
parsley
1/8 c
parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp
sugar
red wine, (or marsala wine)
1 lb
sweet italian sausage, sliced & cooked (optional)
24 small
meatballs, cooked (optional) frozen, or make your own

CAN OMIT MEATS FOR A VEGETARIAN SAUCE

Directions Step-By-Step

1
This is a double batch of my regular sauce. The single batch always gives me enough sauce for 2 dinners, so I doubled it and will freeze the extra for the other 3 meals.
2
Use an 8 qt. (or larger) crock pot. I've used a 6 qt. and without the meat added, it filled it right to the top!
3
If adding meat, fry the sausage or meatballs until nice & browned. De-glaze the pan with a little wine to get all those browned bits. If NOT adding the meat, just add a little wine to the sauce. :)
4
Add all the ingredients except the meat, and you can make it meatless as well. I make this sometimes with the sausage, other times with the meatballs. I have never used both together... just our preference.
5
<b>** For the seasonings</b>,
My husband's grandmother taught him to add the seasonings in this order as a boy. I thought it was cute.
Made me think of snow on the meadow, with the light little fairies dancing arou.... oh! Ahem, okay back to the recipe... ; )
- First you see the grass grow (this is the oregano, basil, parsley);
- then the snow falls on the ground (parmesan cheese);
- then you see some frost on the snow (this is the sugar)
Then, of course, you mix it all in. :)
6
Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. About half way through the cooking time I replace the crock pot lid with a flat slotted pan (like a pizza pan) to allow moisture to escape. The sauce needs to cook down a bit.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy