Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce

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Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce is made with ground round and a blend of simple spices. It is a cinch to make in a Crockpot, and makes enough for several meals.

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What one appliance allows you to prep your ingredients, press the start button and leave for hours? The slow cooker or Crockpot! This past year I upgraded to a programmable Crockpot, which automatically defaults to a warm setting when the cooking time is complete.

I L-O-V-E that feature!

There is nothing worse then leaving work anticipating a delicious cooked meal to arrive home to an awful smell of an overcooked flank steak! That piece of meat wasn’t meant to be slow cooked on the highest setting for 11 hours or so – whoops!

Not that happened or anything 😉

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Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce
 
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Delicious flavorful sauce simmers in your slow cooker blending the flavors to perfection.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground round
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained (2 14 ounce cans)
  • 12 ounce tomato paste (2 6 ounce cans)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 beef flavored bouillon cube
Instructions
  1. Cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stir and break meat up to crumble. Drain well. Place in a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Add tomato sauce and remaining ingredients. Cover with lid and cook on high setting 1 hour. Reduce to low heat and cook for 6 to 7 hours.
Notes
You may vary the meat of your choice, like turkey in addition to sausage instead of beef. Makes about 10 cups of sauce. I also use organic as much as possible and also tomatoes without added sugar.

This recipe is adapted from a 2001 Special Edition, “In Good Time” slow cooker magazine from Weight Watchers.

Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce with a delicious blend of simple spices #slowcooker #pasta #sauce | www.thefoodieaffair.com

The aroma of a simmering tomato-based sauce is fantastic! You should dip some bread in the sauce and taste it to make sure the flavors have blended perfectly!  You might want to do that a couple of different times 😉

Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce with a delicious blend of simple spices #slowcooker #pasta #sauce | www.thefoodieaffair.com

This slow cooked pasta sauce tastes just as good as if it had been on the stove simmering for several hours, and no splatters of the sauce on your range to clean up!

Put the sauce over your favorite pasta or some cheese raviolis like I did. It’s delicious! You will  have enough sauce left for another meal, maybe even two!

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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21 Comments on Meaty Crockpot Pasta Sauce

  1. avatar
    August 22, 2013

    I upgraded my slow cooker too (thanks to my husband). I don’t use mine nearly enough and with the start of the school right around corner, it’s the perfect thing to start using more regularly. Your sauce looks wonderful, especially over ravioli!

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      Sandra says:
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks, Allison! The evenings are so busy, especially when you have after school activities. It gets harder to manage everything! Have a great week 🙂

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    August 22, 2013

    G’day! Doesn’t that look easy, fun, true!
    I have now put this on my list to do! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

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      Sandra says:
      August 22, 2013

      VERY easy! I hope you try it 🙂

  3. avatar
    August 22, 2013

    Would you believe I do not own a crockpot or a slow cooker. Thought about getting one but somehow always managed to talk myself out of it.

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      Sandra says:
      August 22, 2013

      I’ve enjoyed the heck out of mine, but I probably don’t use it as much as I could!

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    August 22, 2013

    Crockpot dishes are the best 😀
    This looks delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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      Sandra says:
      August 22, 2013

      Thank you! I enjoy my evenings more when I have a meal ready to go every so often!

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    Sharon says:
    August 22, 2013

    I noticed that you show the sauce in canning jars, can I do the same and store some? Recipe makes a lot and we are two seniors.

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      Sandra says:
      August 22, 2013

      Hi Sharon! Yes you can preserve this sauce. Follow http://nchfp.uga.edu for directions. It would also be easy to cut down the recipe in half if you want. Thank you for stopping by! ~Sandra

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        Sharon says:
        August 22, 2013

        Thanks. I’ll do the whole thing for when the family comes (5 GKs)

  6. avatar
    August 23, 2013

    My daughter’s boyfriend just bought a slow cooker.. they’re such a great asset to a kitchen! I’ll have to tell her to try this recipe:)

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      Sandra says:
      August 24, 2013

      Hi Barbara! Slow cookers are handy! I got my first one as a wedding gift many moons ago, and just got a newer one. They last forever 🙂 I hope your daughter’s boyfriend gives this recipe a try!

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    August 30, 2013

    I sure could go for a plate of this!!!! The crockpot is SUCH a lifesaver. It’s the best! I’m sorry about your flank steak. But that sauce is GORGEOUS!!

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      Sandra says:
      August 31, 2013

      Having lots of this sauce made it so much simpler to make a couple of meals, and on the table quick!

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    KC Kahn says:
    March 17, 2014

    I’m trying to use my #Crockpot more often. This #meaty #sauce looks super #easy to throw together. Love that the #spices are already in my pantry. Looks #delish

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      Sandra says:
      March 18, 2014

      You’ll be so glad to have a stash of sauce ready to add to your meals. It really saves on time when putting together a dish.

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