Easy Spaghetti Sauce

I love homemade spaghetti sauce.  It is so easy to make with your slow cooker, much healthier than what you can purchase in a jar, tastes better, and is so much more economical! This can also be used on pizza.  I don’t put any meat in it now, but I add meat later if I want it.

Here is how I generally make my sauce. Now if you have a garden, you can use fresh ingredients, which makes it even better!

sauce ingredients

sauce ingredients

I purchase a #10 can of either whole tomatoes, that I will crush with my hands, or pureed tomatoes, which is what I have here.  Make sure your slow cooker can hold this amount, otherwise you will have to adjust for your cooker’s size.  Mine will hold 5 quarts of sauce.  I then also add a 15oz. can of diced tomatoes with juice, a small can of tomato paste, I like my sauce thick.

I use 1 medium to large yellow onion – chopped.

chop onions

chop onions

I used one large size garlic (there were 8 – 10 large cloves) chopped (of course do to your taste);

chop garlic

chop garlic

And I used about 2 medium size green bell peppers – chopped;

green peppers

green peppers

I used dried spices that I can get at the Sprout’s farmers market (actually a great grocery store we have here).  I used about 1 tablespoon each of basil and oregano, and put in a couple of bay leaves.

I then put the slow cooker on low and cook for about 12 hours.

finished sauce

finished sauce

The finished product!  I got 5 quarts of sauce.  I put it in plastic containers and freeze it.  You can also can it if you like.

When I use it, I will add meat such as Italian sausage, ground beef or ground turkey, which I cook first, add to the sauce, and simmer for a short time.  Yummy! Great for fall!

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