In the Kitchen: Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb. ground meat (We used hamburger, but you could certainly do Italian sausage or even ground turkey!)
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
3 gloves of garlic, smashed
2 TBLS brown sugar
Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 medium zucchini, shredded
(You could just as easily add shredded carrots, mushrooms, etc.)

Heat a good lug of olive oil over medium high heat. Add chopped onion and cook until tender. Add meat and cook through. Add salt and pepper, and a good sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Drain fat and throw into slow cooker.

Next, add all tomatoes, garlic, and brown sugar to the crock pot. Add more Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Stir to combine and let cook on low for about an hour.

Meanwhile, shred or grate zucchini. Add to slow cooker. Let it cook on low for another 3-4 hours. Be sure to stir it every hour or so, so the sides don’t burn.

Cook your pasta and top with this warm, yummy, healthy sauce!

FYI – This freezes well. I used half the sauce right away and put the other half in the freezer for another time. The photo above is baked spaghetti! YUM! :)

Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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