My Aunt Dana always makes this amazing spaghetti sauce for her once a year crop party that she host at her home for Creative Memories. The spaghetti is half the reason we go! LOL, no seriously. We wait all day for this amazing dinner, smelling the sauce as it simmers in the crock pot all day long…..yummy! This is a must try and an easy recipe. It makes a lot, so if you are serving a small group or family I would cut the recipe in half. In addition, I get my Italian sausage from Canino’s sold here in CO. It is totally worth ordering! Check them out at http://www.caninosausage.com/. Thank goodness I can get mine at my local Sam’s Club, so I get in the bulk!
- 3lbs. of Canino's Mild Italian Sausage, this is worth ordering from Denver, CO http://www.caninosausage.com/
- 2 – 29 oz. cans tomato sauce
- 1 – 29 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 – 8oz. tomato paste (or 2 small cans)
- 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or 2 cans mushrooms, drained
- 2-3 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2-3 tablespoons sweet fennel
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Salt, dash
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- ¾ cup white wine
Boil sausage for about 10-12 minutes, until slightly cooked to get most of the fat off.
Cut up into big chunks and place in the slow cooker. Add all of the other ingredients; turn crock pot on low and cook all day.
This recipe feeds 12-16 people.
Note: The measurements above for the parsley, fennel, garlic, pepper and white wine are all approximately. When my Aunt gave me the recipe there were no measurements and when I called her she said just do as much as you would like and that she never measured and it always turned out to taste the same. So I do the same thing so these are approximate measurements, based on my hand and eye. I will note that I do use about a 1/3 of a bottle of the sweet fennel (1.5oz. bottle), as I love sweet fennel!
Kids review: My kids and husband fight over the sausages! In fact although this makes a ton of sauce we always make a whole batch, as we eat it up. And leftovers are even better the next day, especially if made into a calzone.