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How to Make Pasta Sauce in a Slow Cooker Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tony Corra (Halifax)

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small onions, chopped
pound bulk Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon dried marjoram
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon dried basil
teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon white sugar

For the vegetarians out there, you can either omit the meat altogether and just go for a light tomato sauce, or you can substitute some veggies. I suggest lb. of mushrooms and a pound of zucchini because they're thick and meaty, and they are really going to absorb all those amazing spices while soaking all day.

Directions:
Directions:
1. Heat your olive oil up in the pan over medium heat. Stir in onions and sausage, cook until sausage is brown (about 10 minutes).
* If you're using the vegetarian version, cook your mushrooms here.

2. Place your cooked sausage and onions in the slow cooker.

3. In the pan you used before, cook the ground beef and Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and marjoram, breaking the meat up as it cooks until the meat is browned - this will take about 10 minutes.
If you're using the vegetarian version, cook your zucchini here.

4. Transfer everything in the pan to the slow cooker, and stir in your tomato sauce, paste, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, thyme, basil, oregano, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

5. Cook low and slow - for about 8 hours on low in the slow cooker. Then right before serving, stir in the sugar and pour it over your favorite pasta.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The days of standing over a hot stove stirring a bubbling pot of sauce are long gone- thanks to this slow cooker recipe from All Recipes. With just 20 minutes of preparation, you can come home to a pot steaming with saucy Italian goodness ready to pour over your favorite pasta. This is a great dish to prepare the night before then just plop on top of the clicker and let it do
it's magic while you work or run errands all day.

This sauce is going to be rich thanks to the sausage and ground beef, yet acidic and fresh thanks to all those plump tomatoes and Italian seasonings. But if you're a vegetarian, we've got a few adjustments you can make too.

 

 

 

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