Menu Monday – From Scratch Spaghetti Sauce

spahetti sauce

Our Menu Monday this week is a made from scratch spaghetti sauce.  Now hold on before you say “who has time for that mess”, because this recipe is for the slow cooker.  Saute up your meat and veggies, throw it all in the crockpot, and boom…you can come home to a delicious sauce that has made the house smell amazing.  Depending on your diet, throw this over some pasta or spaghetti squash and everybody is happy!

Spaghetti Sauce 
Ingredients:
– 1 pd. ground beef
– 1 pd. ground breakfast sausage
– 1 Tbsp. lard/bacon fat or tallow
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 4 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
– 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
-1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
– 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped (or one 28 ounce can diced tomatoes)
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
– 1 tsp. sea salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
– 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
– 1 tsp. dried ground thyme
– Dash red pepper flakes (or more if you want more heat)
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey (optional)
Directions:
1. Prepare vegetables. Melt lard/bacon fat or tallow in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and ground sausage and brown the meat. Drain any excess fat.
2. Pull out your slow cooker and turn it on low. Add all of the ingredients and stir to combine. If you like your sauce a little sweeter use the raw honey, otherwise leave it out and add it later if needed.
3. Cook the sauce on low for 6-8 hours.
I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does!  Happy Cooking!
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