Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tomato Sauce for Pasta

I'm fairly certain everyone has a favorite tomato sauce recipe, but on the chance you don't, here's a super easy one that will have your family impressed and satisfied.  The great thing about this recipe is you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.  The second great thing is this makes enough to feed 8 adults, have some for lunch the next day, and have at least a jar to freeze.

Prep time:   maybe 30 minutes at most depending on interruptions
Cook time:   8-10 hours on low, or 4-5 on high.  Low is better.

52 ounces canned diced tomatoes
30 ounces plain, canned tomato sauce
1 can store bought spaghetti sauce, Trader Joes has great ones
16 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 lb mild italian sausage, or your favorite meat
½ to 1 cup chianti
1 or 2 tablespoon splenda
⅔ cup chopped bell pepper
2 garlic clove, minced
1 small can tomato paste
Add the ground meat to the crockpot (no need to brown it). Dump in all the cans of tomatoes, and break the ground meat up with a large spoon. Stir in all the other ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Serve over your favorite pasta.

Tip:  Freeze leftovers in canning jars; they defrost in the microwave really easily .

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