Today, I’m going to show you how to make a delicious spaghetti sauce using a crock pot. Cooking spaghetti sauce in a crock pot is not only easy, but it also allows the flavors to develop and meld together beautifully. Let’s get started!
Gather Your Ingredients
Before we begin, let’s make sure we have everything we need:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pasta of your choice, cooked according to package instructions for serving (optional)
- Your favorite toppings such as grated Parmesan cheese or fresh basil leaves (optional)
To start, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onions to the skillet and cook until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent. Drain any excess fat.
Crock Pot Assembly:
In your crock pot, combine the cooked ground beef and onions with all the remaining ingredients – minced garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until well combined.
Place the lid on your crock pot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours. The longer you cook the sauce, the more flavorful it will be.
When the cooking time is up, give the sauce a final stir and taste for seasoning. Adjust with more salt and pepper if needed.
If you prefer a smoother consistency, you can use an immersion blender to puree the sauce until smooth.
Alternatively, leave it chunky for a heartier texture.
Serve your delicious homemade spaghetti sauce over your favorite pasta cooked according to package instructions. Don’t forget to sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese or garnish with fresh basil leaves for an extra touch of flavor!
Making spaghetti sauce in a crock pot is a fantastic way to enjoy a rich and flavorful meal without spending hours in the kitchen. By using simple ingredients and allowing them to simmer slowly in the crock pot, you’ll end up with a sauce that will impress your family and friends.
So why not give this recipe a try? Your taste buds will thank you!