Savory seasonings stimulate the appetite. - Latin Proverb
Normally, I place the crock pot outside in the outdoor kitchen area of the camper but it was raining yesterday. So, we spent the day indoors doing homeschool in the camper with the smell of Spaghetti sauce. It was almost torture to be stuck in a box with the smell!
At home I don't bring out the crock pot until winter but while on the road it has been getting a work out. I have brought it out 2 times just this week. I may need to add some new crock pot recipes so if you have any good ones let me know!
As you can see my oven is small and only barley fits a 9 x 12. So, all my 9x12 recipes are getting tweeked too! Of course, we enjoy cooking on the coals in the open fire pit but we typically save that type of cooking for the weekends.
1 pound of meat (Italian Sausage or Beef)
1 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 (12oz) can tomato paste
3 (28oz) cans Italian Style Spaghetti Tomato sauce (I use Hunts)
2 cups of water
4 tsp garlic minced or 4 cloves
4 bay leaves
4 tsp basil leaves
2 T sugar
2 tsp dried oregano
4 T. parsley
2 tsp sale
Brown Sausage/Beef. Then add all ingredients together in a crock pot.
Simmer all day!
Cook Spaghetti Noodles when ready to eat.
* This recipe is okay in the crock pot but it doesn't seem to get the same blend of flavors as it would in a stew pot on the stove simmering for 2 hours. I know that sounds crazy but it really is true!
This recipe makes a Full Crock Pot of sauce so if you have left over sauce consider making Manicotti and freeze it for another time!
Use Spaghetti Sauce from above - 2 1/2 cups
1 (8oz) pkg of manicotti
1 T. vegetable oil
1 (15oz) carton part skim ricotta cheese
1 (16oz ) carton small curd, low fat cottage cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 T. chopped fresh parsley
Boil manicotti according to pkg directions, adding oil to water so they won't stick together. Meanwhile, mix ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, parsley and egg. Drain manicotti over cold water and stuff manicotti with cheese mixture. Place in a 3 quart casserole after treating dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour spaghetti sauce around stuffed manicotti. Cover and Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake additional 15 minutes.