Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce

Serve over your favorite pasta now, freeze some for later. This makes a big batch so you’ll need a big crockpot. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano over top.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 yellow onions, diced
4 minced garlic cloves
2 pounds ground beef
Five of the 29 oz. cans of tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. dried basil

Warm the olive oil in a large skillet then add onons and cook about 5 minutes – until softened, add garlic and cook another minute. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, lightly grease the crockpot. When beef is browned, scrape into crockpot, add the tomato sauce, cover, set on low and cook for 8 hours – At the four hour mark, add the spices then cook 4 more hours.

 

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Oh how I love the big slow cooker my daughter gave me for Christmas! Never having one before, I have to say that learning to use it was a snap. Life just got so much easier to make a big batch of frozen, pre-cooked meatballs. These will be great for a Superbowl party or as we had them, with some buttered egg noodles and steamed broccoli. You will make these again & again, I promise. Recipe is based on a 5qt. or larger machine.

1 cup grape juice
1 cup apple juice
1 cup ketchup
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 package (48-64 oz.) frozen, fully cooked Italian meatballs

In a medium bowl, combine everything up to the meatballs. Put the meatballs in the cooker, pour the sauce over and gently mix to coat as best you can. Cover and coover on low for 4 1/2 hours our until heated through. Mix thoroughly before serving.

Barbecue Smokies

Ah, another easy slow cooker recipe.  Wow.

2 lbs. (or 2 14 oz. pkgs.) mini smoked sausages
28 oz. bottle barbecue sauce
1 1/4 cup water
3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
3 Tsb. steak sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder

Place everthing in your slow cooker, mix well, simmer for 6 hours.  Yes, that’s it.