One of the best comfort foods is spaghetti with meat sauce, in my opinion! But, it is made even better with homemade pasta sauce instead of the canned, pre-made stuff. Now, in the middle of winter you may have to rely on canned tomatoes to make this (unless you have a bunch canned from your garden last summer), but I still think it tastes better then the jarred sauce. And I am most definitely going to grow more tomatoes this year to make my own garden-fresh sauce! I made a double batch of this a few weeks ago and froze most of it to enjoy yet this winter. It's very versatile to use in other ways, too, like for lasagne or manicotti. Also, I did a mixture of italian sausage and ground turkey to cut the calories a bit. Tweak as you wish, as always!
Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
- 1-1/2 lbs bulk italian sausage
- 1 cup diced onions (about 2 medium)
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 cans (8oz) tomato sauce
- 2 cans (6oz) tomato paste
Brown up the italian sausage, drain, and pour into slow cooker. Then add all remaining ingredients. Use at least a 4 qt slow cooker. I doubled it and it fit fine into my 6 qt cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.