Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce Italiano – Flavorful and incredibly delicious Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce made in the crock pot with ground beef, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms.
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Two things you should know before we tackle this amazing Italian Spaghetti Sauce.
One, I am a cookbook-hoarder. I also hoard recipe-magazines. Two, I read cookbooks the way others read novels.
I take notice of every pinch of salt discussed and I fold the corner of every page where cakes and sauce-recipes live. Brownie Points for a cookbook that includes Crock Pot recipes. Throughout the years I have fallen in love with many, many of these cookbooks, if not all of them, however, one has always stood out and for great reasons.
Since 1930, passionate cooks and bakers have had the pleasure to hold the iconic red and white checkered cook book from Better Homes and Gardens, and trust in it for guidance in the kitchen.
At the ripe age of 12 I got my hands on one of their cook books, and that was right around the time when my cooking adventures began. While I can’t remember which edition that was, I DO remember listing through it with so much enthusiasm, much like the excitement I felt when reading The Baby-Sitters Club Series.
Thus, when I was offered a copy of their newest book, Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Sixteenth Edition (Better Homes and Gardens Plaid), for a review and giveaway, I couldn’t resist. NO WAY! I was beyond excited. You should read my acceptance email… exclamation points, caps, smileys! I’m such a professional…
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As you can see in the photos above, this Cook Book is very well organized. One of the things I enjoy is when a cookbook includes various sections with COLORED TABS (my OCD-ness loves this!) covering everything from starters to breakfasts, to entrees, slow-cooker recipes, and so on. This makes it incredibly easy to always find what I am looking for.
Also, on the inside of the cover page, there is a list of “Emergency Substitutions” ( LOVE IT! ); a section every cook book needs in case you do not have all the needed ingredients.
To add, each section starts with a Table of Contents Page, listing all the recipes covered within that category. Also, and one of my favorite features, is the “8 To Try”. Basically, they take a key ingredient in a recipe and show you 8 different ways to work with it. There’s also the “Make It Mine” feature, and for those recipes, there are options to customize the recipe to your taste, using different ingredients.
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OH! THE SPAGHETTI SAUCE!
Can I just say that IT’S SO GOOD! Okay, GOOD doesn’t really cover it. This spaghetti sauce is truly amazing, with all its layers of flavors, including meat, tomatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms… I hope you get a chance to make it. It’s exceptional.
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- 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
- 1 large white onion , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 cans (14.5-ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (6-ounces) tomato paste
- 2 cans (4-ounces) mushrooms, drained
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons dry Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper
- Cooked Spaghetti , drained
- Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Combine beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet and cook until meat is browned; drain.
- In a 4-quart crock pot, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
- Stir in meat mixture.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
- Stir in sweet chopped sweet pepper.
- Discard bay leaf.
- Spoon sauce over cooked spaghetti.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
WW SmartPoints: 5