Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce - Finding Joy in My Kitchen

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

~12 large tomatoes, peeled, sliced and chopped

2 T dried onion flakes

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

1 medium bell pepper (green or purple is our favorite), diced

2 T brown sugar

4 garlic cloves

2 tsp. basil

2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Begin by harvesting your tomatoes.  

Alternatively, if you don't have garden tomatoes, 

you can use two cans (14.5oz) of diced tomatoes, undrained, in their place.  

Wash up your tomatoes, and then place them in a large bowl.  

Pour boiling hot water over the tomatoes until they are covered.  

Allow them to sit in the hot water for 3ish minutes.  

Then, decant the hot water, carefully, so as not to burn yourself.  

Cover the tomatoes with cold water and allow them to sit in the cool water for 2-3 minutes.  

Begin with a tomato of your choosing and remove the skin -- it should pretty much fall right off.  

Continue, until all tomatoes are peeled.  Then, slice and dice them.  

Next, prepare the other vegetables, and combine them in a large crockpot.  

Add in the tomatoes and stir to combine.  

Season well, and then cover.  

Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, or until veggies are tender to your liking.  

Cool, and then place into glass jars or freezer containers.

Cool completely in the fridge before placing your containers into the freezer {saves on your energy consumption}.  

Serve as is {just add tomato paste to thicken}, 

use in dishes that call for spaghetti sauce, or add ground beef/turkey to make a meal.