Spaghetti Sauce Slow Cooked In The Crock Pot


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Spaghetti Sauce Slow Cooked In The Crock Pot

Spaghetti SauceIt’s no secret and my husband will tell you that I LOVE pasta! It is a downfall when watching the figure, but I grew up with a Dad and a Grandpa who cooked the best spaghetti sauce and¬†mostaccioli. I did a few of my own variations to make it a tad easier. To this day, I think one of my favorite comfort foods is a big plate of pasta (any kind will do, lol) covered in a great spaghetti sauce. It’s like it just hugs you and makes you feel better!

My recipe is based on about 3 pounds of meat. I always make a bigger batch so I can freeze what is left into serving size portions for later meals. To make a smaller batch of sauce, just adjust the amounts I have listed to your taste.

What you need

3 Pounds Ground Beef (you can sub ground turkey also)
2 Cans Rotel Tomatoes
3 Cans Tomato Sauce (8oz)
(After you empty the cans of tomato sauce, fill each one with water, swish around, then put that water in also)
1 TBS Tomato Paste
1 Package McCormick Thick and Zesty Spaghetti Sauce Mix (yes, I cheat just a little bit. lol)
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 TBS Minced Dried Onion
1 TSP Onion Powder
1 TSP Parsley Flakes
1 TSP Oregeno
1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika
1/2 TSP Sugar (yes, sugar! lol It cuts down the acidity in the tomato products if you suffer from reflux or heartburn)
Salt and Pepper to your taste

What to do

Brown your ground beef (or turkey) and add your minced onion to it and cook through. While beef is cooking, add everything else to your crock pot and turn on high. Once meat is done cooking, drain any excess fat, then add beef to your crock pot. Give it all a good stir and let cook on high for about 3 hours, then turn down to low for another 4-5 hours. If you will not be home all day, you can start on low and cook all day until you get home. All that is left to do now is cook your pasta!

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One thing about our house, is my husband pretty much only eats the regular spaghetti noodles. I like to mix it up each time, as you can see from the pictures! I have a spinach, 3 cheese tortellini.  It is easy to cook pasta then, whatever is left in the package, I store in the refrigerator until next time I use it. I just put in a zip loc bag and keep in the crisper drawer.

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One of my favorite things about having spaghetti sauce in the freezer is how versatile it is. There are so many recipes you can use it in besides just regular old spaghetti. You can use it in lasagna, baked spaghetti, make some meatballs, add a little sauce and some provolone cheese and make some meatball subs!

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