Do you have a recipe that you've made for years but have never actually written down?
You know, you just gather all the ingredients together and start cooking without really measuring? For me it's my recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce with Meatballs. I've been making this recipe for 30 years and this is the first time I'm actually writing it down. Silly, I know. But like any other good Italian cook I've always just added a little of this, a little of that and my delicious tomato sauce was made!
I love to use my slow cooker to make meatballs and tomato sauce. Cooking the sauce low and slow all day just makes it amazing. Not to mention the house smells like Little Italy!
When I was first married I had no clue how to make homemade tomato sauce. No, I had no clue how to make ANYTHING. But my hubby loves pasta so I asked my mom and sure enough, she didn't have a recipe written down either. She told me over the phone how she makes tomato sauce. I took notes, but over time started adjusting the recipe to the flavors and seasons that my husband and I enjoy.
Which is what you should do too! Use this recipe as a guide and adjust the seasonings to your family's taste. Some people like oregano. I'm one of the very few Italians that doesn't. Go figure. In the summer time I like to add fresh parsley and basil from my garden but the rest of the year I use dried herbs.
The one thing I insist on is using fresh garlic. And not the stuff from the jar. Buy real garlic and use a garlic press. I've tried other garlic presses over the years, but really the one from Pampered Chef is the best. You can purchase it from my Pampered Chef website by clicking on the photo.
After the meatballs have been formed, refrigerate them for 15 minutes to firm up before browning them in the frying pan. I know some people like to bake their meatballs. I've tried that but the taste is different. Trust me.
Brown the meatballs in just enough oil to cover the bottom of a heavy frying pan. You don't need a lot of oil, just a tablespoon or maybe two.
Drain the meatballs on paper towels before adding them to the slow cooker.
Add the tomato sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and then the meatballs. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the meatballs are cooked through. Your house will smell amazing.
This is the Mix 'n Chop that I use for so many recipes. It's amazing and yes, you can find out more information by checking out my Pampered Chef site.
Serve the homemade sauce over cooked pasta. Don't forget freshly grated Parmesan cheese!
Homemade Bread Sticks using store purchased pizza dough.
Homemade Ranch Dressing for your salad.
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