Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Brown some Italian sausage and ground beef, place in a slow cooker with tomatoes and Italian seasonings, and slow cook it for 8 hours. When you get home, boil up some pasta, and dinner tastes like you slaved all day at the stove.
I've been trying to use my slow cooker more in order to eat at a reasonable time when I get home from work. I was eager to try this sauce, as I usually make my mom's sauce on the stove and let that simmer for about 3 hours. 1. I didn't see a reason for the olive oil since the onion can sauté in the grease from the sausage. 2. I also didn't see a reason to brown the sausage and ground beef separately. Go ahead and cook that all at once. 3. Italian seasoning is basically basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme, but then the recipe calls for more of those individually later on. I'd skip the Italian seasoning altogether, and just use whichever individual herbs you prefer. 4. Just add all the garlic powder at once. No need to add 1 tsp in the first step, then 2 more tsp in the second step. Or even better, use fresh minced garlic if you're not pressed for time. Having said all that, I ended up taking the recommendations from others and adding in 1 shredded zucchini, along with a couple shredded carrots and
Great sauce - very flavorful (and meaty!). I cooked this on high for 4 hours in the slowcooker because I didn't have time to wait 8. I did add a small can of tomato paste at the end to thicken it up a bit - otherwise made as written. Thanks for the recipe!
The issue to not use sugar because this sauce is too sweet is really not valid. Sugar is used in tomato based sauces to mellow the acidic bite. I personally use brown sugar rather than white because I like the added flavor I get from it. 1 tablespoon of sugar in that much sauce will truly not make it sweet. It's like adding salt to sweet dishes. It brings out the other flavors. Give it a try :-)!
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