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Crockpot Italian Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts of tomato juice For home canned juice, drain off the top 1/8 to 1/4 of the jar to get rid of the watery part
  • 2 cans of tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced fine or run through a press
  • 1 cup of red wine we use Merlot
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds of ground hamburger drained
  • 3/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt we use garlic salt to add a little more flavor
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried Oregano Italian parsley and Basil.
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Brown the hamburger in a medium sized skillet.
  2. In the crock pot pour in half of the wine along with all of the other ingredients and turn it on high.
  3. Drain the fat from the meat, and put it back in the skillet and add the other half of the wine into the browning meat for heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Place the meat into the crock pot with the other ingredients - give it a final stir - set the crock pot back to low for 6-8 hours.

Recipe Notes

I will usually take off the lid when I come home for the evening and keep the heat on low...it allows the sauce to thicken even more before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms