Sunday, November 15, 2015

Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce #SundaySupper

This spaghetti sauce is simple to put together and throw into the crockpot. It simmers on low for a few hours to maximize all the flavors and make for a killer sauce!
Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce | Semi-homemade, but incredibly flavorful #recipe #SundaySupper #spaghetti #crockpot

It's time for another #SundaySupper day and today's theme is Budget Friendly Meals. I think many of us like to spend as little money as possible, right? And it's nice to have a large repertoire of delicious recipes that don't break the bank. Today's event is hosted by Shelby of Grumpy's Honeybunch and Caroline of Caroline's Cooking.

My mind immediately went to spaghetti when I heard the event's theme. We didn't have a lot of money when I was a kid, so my mom always cooked very budget-friendly dishes. I had it more times than I can count growing up and I have yet to get sick of it. I have always said that if I could pick my last meal on earth, it would be spaghetti. So I am sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes for spaghetti sauce - it's semi-homemade and simmers in the crockpot. Spaghetti sauce, much like soup and chili, seems to get better with time and the longer you can simmer it, the better.

Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce | Semi-homemade, but incredibly flavorful #recipe #SundaySupper #spaghetti #crockpot

What I really love about this recipe is that there is room to switch it up a bit. You can add different veggies into it or seasonings or even change which prepared spaghetti sauces you add in. You can go with sweet, mild, or spicy Italian sausage. And no one is going to police you if you don't serve it over spaghetti pasta - elbow macaroni, rotini, or in a lasagna - that's up to you! If you prefer to make sauce from scratch instead of using prepared spaghetti sauces, I have a recipe for that too.

What you need:
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage (any kind, mild, sweet, or spicy, will do!)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 vidalia onion, finely diced 
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 jars (28 oz.) spaghetti sauce (I used one meat sauce and one roasted garlic & tomato)
  • Spaghetti, cooked, for serving
  • Parmesan, parsley, or desired toppings 
  1. In a large skillet, crumble and brown sausage and ground beef with the onions. 
  2. Place meat and onions into crockpot. Add Italian seasoning and spaghetti sauce. Stir.
  3. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Serve on top of pasta with desired toppings!
*You can also add 8 oz. sliced mushrooms to the crockpot, as well as, other add-ins to your liking.

Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce | Semi-homemade, but incredibly flavorful #recipe #SundaySupper #spaghetti #crockpot

Recipe adapted from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

      See what the rest of the Sunday Supper Movement has for budget-friendly recipes below!

      Save-Your-Pennies Soups: 
      Bean and Bacon Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
      Mexican Turkey Bean Soup by What Smells So Good?
      Pasta e Fagioli by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
      Turkey and Dumpling Soup by Palatable Pastime
      Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup by Pancake Warriors  

      Budget-Savvy Bread and Salads:
      Mom’s Buttermilk Biscuits by Grumpy's Honeybunch
      Turkey Salad by Food Done Light  

      Money-Saving Mains:
      Black Bean and Bell Pepper Quesadillas by My San Francisco Kitchen
      Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs by Feeding Big
      Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
      Chicken Enchiladas by The Freshman Cook
      Chicken Piccata by Monica's Table
      Chicken Tetrazzini by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
      Chimichurri Chicken Thighs by Life Tastes Good
      Dutch Baby Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
      Easy Cheesy Egg Breakfast Bake with Potatoes and Sausage by From Gate to Plate [or breakfast]
      Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
      Egyptian Rice and Lentils by Wholistic Woman
      French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potato by Sew You Think You Can Cook
      Gnocchi with Fennel and Pork by Caroline's Cooking
      Italian Baked Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
      Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
      One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
      Orzo with Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
      Sauteed Vegetables by Party Food and Entertaining
      Turkey Sausage and Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
      Twice Baked Sweet Potato Bar by Momma's Meals
      Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fried Noodles) by Curious Cuisinere  

      Don't-break-the-bank Desserts: 
       Apple Pecan Bread Pudding by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
      Marshmallow Popcorn Balls by Pies and Plots
      Slow Cooker Apple Gingerbread Crumble by The Crumby Cupcake

      And more saving suggestions from the Sunday Supper Movement: Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas for #SundaySupper

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