Spaghetti is one food that we rarely have at my house. I’m not sure why, because it is super easy and everyone likes it. I just never think of it. My boys had been asking for it, so I put it on the menu for the week. Then I proceeded to scour my cookbooks looking for a new recipe to try. Because I can’t use the stuff in the can when there are so many recipes out there just waiting to be discovered. I know, I need intervention. 🙂
I adapted a crock pot recipe I found in a magazine and it turned out even better than I expected. My family LOVED this spaghetti. I was a little worried that they would think the carrots were funky, but they didn’t even notice them. I couldn’t even taste them and I knew they were there. I love it when you can sneak vegetables in under the radar!
This makes a fairly large batch, so we froze half of it. My hubbie was putting it in the freezer and I asked him to make sure and put a label on it. When I opened the freezer this morning, I smiled when I saw what he wrote. The label read: “Spaghetti Sauce (Awesome!)”. So I know it is a keeper!
Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce
1 # hamburger
1/2-1# Italian sausage
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup finely diced or grated carrots
5 8oz cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp ground sage
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Brown hamburger and sausage in a skillet. Drain fat and transfer to a 5 qt crock pot. Add remaining ingredients and cook on LOW for about 8 hours. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.
-This can also be made on the stove. Just add a cup of water and simmer in a large pot for 1-2 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.
-If you have picky eaters at your house, you could grate the carrots. They pretty much disintegrate and no one would even know. It would be our little secret.