From Carly Dunn, Registered Dietitian
For most households, our children are heading back to school this week. This means more hectic schedules, including homework, soccer practice, PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences and late night study sessions. Slow cookers are a great time saver for the busy parent who needs to get a satisfying and healthy dinner on the table. Slow cookers are great for a more intense and rich flavor, especially spaghetti sauce! Try this kid-friendly recipe, which makes enough sauce for several meals.
Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
3 large jars spaghetti sauce (24-28 oz. each)
¼ cup minced garlic
Brown ground beef and sausage with garlic. Drain excess oil.
Add meat to crock pot.
Add spaghetti sauce. Mix meat and sauce.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
This recipe will leave you with 3-4 extra meals! Portion extra sauce into containers or freezer bags and freeze.
For chunky sauce, add 2 cans diced tomatoes.
For smoother sauce, run the meat through a food processor.
For increased vegetable intake, add carrots, zucchini & diced tomatoes to food processor.