I love using crock pots and developed this way of cooking Italian food when I was working. I put a can of spaghetti sauce in a crock pot and then add either Italian sausage, chicken (particularly legs and thighs), or beef such as London broil. This could be used for sandwiches with Italian bread, on top of spaghetti, or just as it is with a salad or other vegetables. The house smells great, too.
1 can spaghetti sauce, your favorite
1 lb. Italian sausage or pieces of chicken or pieces of beef
Empty the can of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. Set it on low if you will be gone all day. Add the protein. I don't usually cook the chicken or sausage before hand. The beef is usually already cooked.
Probably the very best I ever tasted... and I've tasted lots of spaghetti!
4 cups tomatoes
1 cup water
12 oz. tomato paste
1 large clove garlic
2 Tbsp. parsley
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. anise seed
1 Tbsp. sugar
Place all ingredients in crock pot and add prepared meat balls.
(important to include these in this recipe)
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 salt
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Mix all together and use 1/4 cup measure to scoop mixture to form balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F to firm up and add to sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Can be doubled in a 6 quart crock pot. This also freezes very well.
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