• 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 onion sliced in half
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • handful of fresh basil leaves and stems
  • 6 cloves of garlic smashed

there wont be much talk this week, well, there might be, i’m not sure, but probably not.

like everyone my kids are off from school until next week and i don’t have much planned other then crossing my fingers for snow. we now have sleds (it’s only taken 3 years of living in the burbs). my kids are finally old enough, well j is, to sled alone. my plan, make a path on the front lawn, grab some hot chocolate and read a magazine. ok, maybe i’m just day dreaming? that will never happen, who am i kidding. i’ll  be sledding, because how can you not! i will be drinking hot chocolate though (insert huge smile here). now where is the snow!

my plan this week was to entertain you with some new crock pot recipes i have been working on. i’m loving my crock pot, haven’t seen my little buddy in months (i’ve missed you crock pot). first thing in the morning i plan to prep, throw in crock pot, go out for the day. return for dinner, clean up, repeat next day.

we love spaghetti in our house. we can eat it every night, well, the kids can, that’s all they ask for. usually i make a huge pot of sauce during the weekend. on my stove top. which means i am stuck in the house. there is prep, there is waiting, there is me with ants in my pants waiting to leave. not anymore.

a couple weeks back i found this recipe on food52. if you have never been go take a look, great recipes and great info. it was for a tomato sauce with onion and butter. awesome recipe. but let’s face it, this week is all about quick, me not being home, and entertaining everyone (which will not include me being in the kitchen). i loved the idea of just sticking a halved onion in the sauce. it honestly adds an incredible amount of flavor, more i think then mincing or chopping and sauteing.

i threw some tomatoes in my crock pot, my halved onion and wished for the best (there are a couple more ingredients). my wish came true. i can honestly say, unless i am making my “gravy” and adding pork and beef, there will never be sauce cooked on my stove top again!

see you tomorrow for another crock pot adventure, i have a couple :-)

{crock pot} easy tomato sauce

  1. in your crock pot on low, add cans of tomato, halved onion, smashed garlic, chili pepper, basil and sugar.
  2. cook on low for 4-6 hours

are you wondering why i add sugar to my sauce? when i was taught to make sauce, it was from an older italian grandmother, i was taught it cuts the acidity. ever since, i have been adding it. i can tell the difference in a sauce that has no sugar, the acidity level is higher and i get heartburn. you will also find that in restaurants sugar is also added to sauce, why? it keeps you coming back for more.

hope you had a fun and safe holiday!


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