This recipe for Crock-Pot Getting Sauced Spaghetti Sauce is a rich and meaty homemade spaghetti sauce that the whole family will adore over pasta!
Crock-Pot Getting Sauced Spaghetti Sauce
This month I decided to take part in the Crazy Cooking Challenge where bloggers select a themed recipe from another blog, try it and share it with you and each other! This month’s theme was Spaghetti! Now I love pasta and red sauce but I have always just made my own with no real “recipe” on the stove-top. This is actually my first pasta sauce in a crock-pot so I was happy to find one prepared that way so I didn’t have to think too much. I found a great recipe from Cravings of a Lunatic that I just had to try. The name alone, Lunatic’s Getting Sauced Spaghetti Sauce intrigued me. I made a few tweaks to it but the results were still divine. I don’t think my family knew what hit them!
- Extra Lean Ground Beef – I like to use the leanest ground beef that I can find which is usually a 96% lean and 4% fat, that way when I brown and crumble it there is hardly any excess fat that I need to drain off the meat.
- Italian Sausage Links – I used a package of sweet Italian sausage links but if you would like to add a little heat to this sauce you can use hot Italian sausages.
- Canned Whole Tomatoes – Using the best canned tomatoes you can afford will give amazing results with this recipe.
- Granulated Sugar – A little white sugar off-sets the acidity from the tomatoes and adds just a touch of sweetness to the sauce.
- Dried Oregano – Look for Italian oregano.
- Dried Basil – Spaghetti sauce is not complete with some basil.
- Onion Powder – A pantry staple onion powder adds some great flavor to this sauce.
- Garlic Powder – Along with some fresh garlic, I added garlic powder to really give this sauce a depth of flavor in the garlic department.
- Garlic – Whenever possible use fresh whole cloves of garlic and mince them yourself. However, in a pinch for time you can use pre-minced garlic that is found in jars from the grocery store. Just remember 1 teaspoon of minced garlic equals 1 clove of garlic.
- Concentrated Beef Stock – I used Knorr Homestyle Beef Stock, if you cannot find this particular brand of concentrated beef stock you can use the beef stock paste and a little water or a couple of beef bullion cubes and water.
- Tomato Paste – Nothing gives an Italian spaghetti sauce more depth of flavor that rich concentrated tomato paste. I love this stuff!
- Bay Leaves – Dried bay leaves add great flavor to the sauce. Just remember to fish them out of the sauce and discard them before serving.
- In a large skillet on the stove-top, brown and crumble the ground beef until fully cooked. Drain off excess fat and add meat to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cut Italian sausages into 1 inch pieces and add to the slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours, stirring every 2 hours to prevent the sauce from sticking on the sides.
- Remove bay leaves from sauce and discard.
- Serve sauce over cooked pasta or zucchini noodles (zoodles), adding freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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