Did you know that you can make spaghetti sauce in the crockpot?
I didn’t, but I tossed all my ingredients in there anyway to see what would happen. What happen was awesome sauce. Literally. It tastes sooo good! My favorite thing about this totally made up on the fly recipe is that it has veggies chopped and blended so small that my toddler has no idea he’s eating mushrooms, carrots and tomatoes! I even made one with asparagus! It’s the sneaky mom cooking method!
To prep the tomatoes for peeling, you need a large pot of boiling water and a bowl of ice water. Using a knife, cut an X into the top of each tomato (this will help in the peeling process) and place a handful of tomatoes in the boiling water for about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to the ice water. The skin will crack and with a little help, it will slide right off. It was so easy that my 2 year old did all the peeling himself!
After they are peeled, chop them into pieces and place them in the crockpot. The rest of the recipe involves chopping and tossing the ingredients into the crockpot!
Box of mushrooms
½ bag carrots
1/2 cup Fresh oregano
1/2 cup Fresh basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
4 tsp brown sugar
1. Peel tomatoes (see above explanation!)
2. Chop tomatoes and place in crockpot. I used about 30 tomatoes.
3. In a food processor, chop a box of fresh mushrooms, 1/2 bag of peeled carrots, 1/2 cup fresh oregano and 1/2 cup fresh basil. Add the chopped ingredients to the crockpot.
4. Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic salt and 4 tsp of brown sugar. Stir.
5. Cook on low for 8 hours. Stir occasionally. The tomatoes should make plenty of juice as they cook, but if your ingredients seem really dry, you can put 1/4 cup of water into it to give it some moisture.
6. Either use an immersion blender or pour contents into a blender. Blend until smooth and then place in a jar. I did not can these. I jarred them with the largest jars I could find and put them in the freezer where they should be good for about 1 year. When I need one, I let it thaw on the counter all day.
I know I am no food blogger, but I have been becoming a little more adventurous in the kitchen! So I plan on sharing those adventures with you!