None of us ever have enough time, am I right? We also like to have a flavorful, healthy dinner ready for our family, that can be prepared with little stress! This is what my inspiration was when I was developing this recipe! Sometimes, we don’t feel like reading through, or buying, a list of 20+ ingredients! Additionally, we don’t want to eat jarred spaghetti sauce because, well, just because. There are some sauces that are all natural, but read, read, read, to be sure!! And, they are expensive to feed a growing family. Also, how do you feel when you smell that delicious sauce as you walk in the door after work? I have been there and done that, and it is one great, comforting feeling, let me tell you! And I love how inexpensive this dish is. WAY cheaper than driving through a fast food line!
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8-9 hours on low, or 4 hours if cooking on high if you're really short on time.
In this recipe, I have given you fresh options or alternate options for when you are out of fresh veggies, or in the winter when they are not good quality, or way too expensive. This sauce can also be made with ground round, ground sirloin, or ground turkey. Whatever you are used to, like, or have on hand!
- 1 ¼ pound Ground chuck, round or sirloin, (or ground turkey)
- 1 cup finely chopped onions, or frozen chopped onions, thawed
- ½ cup finely chopped green pepper, or frozen chopped green pepper, thawed
- 2 garlic cloves, or 1 tsp. Garlic powder (not salt), or equivalent jarred minced garlic
- 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 T Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base © (No MSG!) find near the stocks at your store (optional)
- 1 T Italian Seasoning- this stuff is amazing!!!! 6 spices all in one bottle and no preservatives, you really need to have this in your pantry!
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Optional, if you happen to have on hand, but totally, not necessary
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 stalk celery, cut in large chunks, use the celery to flavor sauce, remove before serving
- 1 tsp sweetener - white sugar, brown sugar, agave equivalent, honey equivalent, maple syrup
- In 2 or 3 quart crockpot (5 or 6 quart if you double or triple the recipe). Place tomato sauce, beef base, Italian seasoning and black pepper into crockpot. Whisk in tomato paste until smooth. Add about ½ to 3/4 cup of water if mixture looks really thick, but remember sauces always get thinner in the crockpot. You can always add more water before serving, and after cooking, if need be!
- Meanwhile, brown ground beef in saute pan, until no pink remains, drain off fat and add ground beef to crockpot.
- In same pan as you cooked the ground beef, cook onions and green pepper until they are starting to soften, add garlic and cook 30 seconds, do not let garlic burn! Pour veggies in crockpot, stir well.
- Cook in crockpot for 8-9 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on High.
- Serve over your favorite pasta
You have some excellent choices for pasta, depending on your budget. If you want this to be a really cost effective meal, stock up on dry pasta that you like, when it is on sale! Cook according to package instructions.
If you feel like splurging, check out fresh pastas made in several good markets or the refrigerated fresh pastas like Buitoni© brand.
If you are not going to use the spaghetti sauce in the next few days, freeze for later use, spaghetti sauce freezes very well and is a great thing to have in your “back pocket freezer”! You can serve it over pasta or use it to make lasagna or stuffed shells, yummy!
Find some amazing pasta options from Buitoni©