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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce in the Crock Pot

Who invented the Crock Pot or Slow Cooker as some call it?  I want to know!  I like to use my Crock Pot in the middle of the week to ease the work in the evening to make dinner.  Raising a house full of kids these meals became a weekly occurrence.
I was in the mood for some Spaghetti and wanted to venture out and make my own sauce.  Can you tell I am NOT Italian? That's right I've used Ragu for a long time!
Chocolate and Carrots posted a recipe that helped me make my decision to make it in the Crock Pot.

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce in the Crock Pot
 
 
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Ingredients:
 
1 Pound Lean Ground Chuck
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Large Onion. diced
1 Large Green Pepper, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Tomato Sauce
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
4 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
4 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Set aside 1 cup of Ground Chuck for mini meatballs
Brown Ground chuck in Skillet
Transfer to Crock Pot
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Transfer to Crock Pot
Add and Stir remaining items to crock pot
Cook on low for 8 hours





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Mini-Meatballs:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Italian Seasoned Panko Crumbs
1/4 Cup Jimmy Dean Sausage
Salt and Pepper
Sprinkle of Water

Directions:
Roll into a Tiny Size
Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes (this will be determined depending on the size of the meatball)

TIP:
Make the meatballs while cooking the pasta.  Meatballs are an option. I put meat in the sauce and made Mini-Meatballs.
For Thicker sauce, sprinkle sifted flour into mixture an hour before serving.

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Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and serve with Garlic Bread, Green Salad and Red Wine!





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