My Spaghetti Sauce

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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!

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
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

How to Make My Spaghetti Sauce

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.

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About My Spaghetti Sauce

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




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