Work schedules, school schedules, practices, appointments, grocery shopping and a gamut of other responsibilities seems to take more minutes than we have each day. Getting dinner on the table can be difficult to manage. Slow cooker to the rescue.
The use of a slow cooker is a great way to prepare a hot and satisfying meal when family is hungry and time is short. Let this sauce simmer away while you do life with your family.
In the morning, combine all of the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker and set it to low. Come dinnertime you'll have a delicious sauce to serve over pasta. If time permits, cook up some sausage links and make a salad.
Recipe Notes: I think this sauce was even better the next day and it freezes really well. At first I thought that next time I'd go lighter on the dried spices or use fresh. But after tasting the next day I thought it was just right. It will also be thinner when first made.
Here are a few tips that I find great time savers and convenient even when time isn't short.
- I keep chopped onions, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper in my freezer. When I am chopping these items it doesn't take a lot of time to chop the extra. Many recipes don't call for a whole pepper or onion so the remainder gets put back into the refrigerator where it can spoil before being used. I measure out 1/4-cup and 1/2-cup amounts because these are the amounts usually needed in various recipes. Stored in snack-size freezer bags they are ready to use when needed. Corral little bags from getting lost in the freezer by placing the individual bags into one larger freezer bag.
- To please family that want meat with their pasta, I sometimes serve sausage. Line a small baking sheet or toaster oven pan with foil. Place sausage links onto pan and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cooked completely. No messy frying or clean-up. Just toss the foil.
Slow Cooker Tomato Pasta Sauce
adapted from Food.com
Recipe yielded 2 quarts plus a bowlful more.
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups water
Add all of the listed ingredients to the slow cooker and stir until completely combined and well mixed.
Cover with slow cooker lid and cook on high setting 4-5 hours or Low setting 8-10 hours.
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