Oil Of Joy: Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce (S, E or FP)


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce (S, E or FP)

Deliciously Simple!

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I love an easy slow cooker meal. I take a few minutes out of my busy morning to get everything tossed in, clean up and one thing is now checked off my list for the day!

Between homeschool, running a bible study, dance fellowship and household chores, my slow cooker has been such a useful tool in my home! I shoot for at least one meal a week that can be made in my slow cooker!

This spaghetti sauce is super simple, can be made for any fuel type and throws together in a few minutes. The recipe as written made 4 generous servings, could be 6 if you're not Italian like my husband and you love your spaghetti!

I added sliced Italian chicken sausages to this batch as you can see in my photos. You could also add shredded chicken breast, ground beef etc.

Since we are gluten free in our home we use either Trader Joes brown rice noodles or our other favorite is Tinkyada Brown Rice noodles. These noodles can be used on THM in side serving portions once in a while. It will make your meal an E or if you add fat, of course it will be a crossover. I always make up a spaghetti squash, fill my bowl with that and add in a few noodles on top. I found I don't need all those noodles and I am fully satisfied. You could also use Dreamfields Pasta if you are not gluten free and it can be used in any setting.

Simple Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Serves 4 hungry Italians or 6 Regular Peeps

2  15oz cans diced tomatoes
1  6oz can tomato paste
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan (dairy free, you can omit this)
2 teaspooons oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon Super Sweet
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 small/medium onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 Tablespoon refined coconut oil (or regular if you don't mind the flavor)

1 pound meat of choice prepared.

Saute onion and garlic in a small fry pan in the oil. I prefer my onion and garlic to be wilted before adding. This step can be omitted and you can add it raw right to the crockpot to save a step. This is just personal preference.

Add the rest of the ingredients to your 3 quart crockpot. Combine everything well. Let cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low! (I have also made this dish with a bit of spice, a couple of shakes of chili flake is a nice addition if your family enjoys a little zing in their sauce.)

If you are using spaghetti squash, I always bake this almost an hour before I am ready to serve dinner. You could of course use a Vegetti spiralizer (this is the one I have) and make zucchini noodles!

With Joy ~ Tina