07Mar2012 Crazy Cooking Challenge: Slow Cooker Fresh Tomato Sauce Pin It This month’s Crazy Cooking Challenge was to select and prepare a spaghetti meal complete with classic red sauce. I was beyond thrilled when this March challenge was announced! I’ve been stuck in a rut buying jarred spaghetti sauce. My mom and grandmom make a killer spaghetti sauce, but it is TIME consuming. The time had come to find my own, simple sauce to make — and boy did I! This recipe uses FRESH TOMATOES folks, not the diced kind you buy in a can. And you know what? It did take more time than popping open a jar and dumping it into a pot, but it was MORE than worth it. This sauce was delicious and made the whole house smell amazing. Next time we decided to add some fresh sliced mushrooms into the mix. YUM! Slow Cooker Fresh Tomato Sauce 365 Days of Slow Cooking 4 large tomatoes, diced 6 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 cup tomato paste 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano salt & pepper 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 lb ground beef (optional) In the bottom of a slow cooker, stir together tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, salt, sugar, basil, oregano, and salt & pepper. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Remove lid and mash tomatoes with the back of a fork. Stir in ground beef. Serve over cooked spaghetti and topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. Be sure to visit some of the other Crazy Cooking Challenge participants this month and click on your favorite. Before you go, check out my previous Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes: Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake, Pumpkin Pie Fudge, Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Healthy Mac & Cheese. Linking up to: Strut Your Stuff, Show and Tell, Cast Party Wednesday, Women Living Well, The Mommy Club, Wow Me Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, Sugar and Spice, Link It Up Wednesday, Newlyweds, This Chick Cooks, Share the Wealth Wednesday.