Meat Lover’s Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Pasta! Nothing says comfort to me like a big, hearty bowl of pasta. The bigger the better. Pasta is probably one of my all time favorite dishes and it has been a dream of mine to start making pasta sauces from scratch. Mr. H is not a fan of pasta but he does prefer a meaty sauce when I make it. This Meat Lover’s Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce looked like the perfect thing to try for my little family.

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Originally I had planned to make pasta from scratch. But on the day I did make this, I just didn’t have the time or energy to make it happen. So yes, this includes just boxed pasta. However, I think it worked very well. The pasta sauce made the house smell delicious all day long.

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been when I started making this and used more of the sausage than is called for. I have to tell you, though. I really enjoyed the extra sausage in the dish. I think it added a little something extra flavor-wise. It wasn’t a bowl full of boring beef but had a little kick to excite the taste buds.

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

C-Man hasn’t been all that interested in pasta and pasta sauce, except macaroni and cheese (silly kid.) Mr. H ate it. I didn’t get any negative feedback from him so it couldn’t have been that bad. I enjoyed it. It gave me everything I wanted out of making my own meat pasta sauce for the first time.

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

The flavors came together nicely and took me back to my childhood where my neighbor always made us this amazing spaghetti dinner. I did not feel like anything was missing. It was a great choice and a great place to start on my journey to making my own unique pasta sauce. I will definitely be pulling from this recipe again to keep trying and tweaking till I find that little extra thing I want and crave for myself.

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small onion, chopped
  • 1⁄4 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 can (29 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1⁄4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1⁄4 tsp dried basil
  • 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp white sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook onions and Italian sausage until the sausage is browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  4. In the same skillet, cook ground beef, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and marjoram, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the meat is browned, about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  6. Stir tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, thyme, basil, oregano, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder in the slow cooker.
  7. Set to low and cook the sauce for 8 hours.
  8. About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the sugar.
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