Friday, June 07, 2019

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce

The perfect red sauce for pasta night slow cooked in the crockpot all day!

I've been making many homemade red sauces over the past decade, trying to find the best of the best recipes. This is definitely top 3 and is relatively easy to make. I particularly like a lot of Italian seasoning in my red sauce, so I always dump way more than the recipe originally calls for. I loved that this sauce was chunkier rather than saucier.

What you need:
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning, plus some to your liking
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground beef and onion; cook until beef is browned and onions are softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add ground beef to slow cooker.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  6. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  7. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Recipe from Nutmeg Nanny

A fantastic quick recipe for meat sauce is this Weeknight Spaghetti Bolognese recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. A recipe that is in the middle time-wise but just as fantastic is this Italian Noodle Casserole.


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