In a crock-pot, I use my stock pot if I'm in a hurry, combine the following and let it simmer on low all day.
3 - 14 oz cans stewed/diced tomatoes
2 - 1 lrg can tomato sauce
2 - sm. cans tomato paste
1/4-1/2 C. Good red wine. I've always heard that if it's good to drink, then cook with it. Beings that we don't drink, I usually have to rely on a good friend to tell me what I need to get. Someone recently gave me two bottles of Frank Coppola Gold label Red Table Wine, so I used that. I try to get Kahlua around for baking with chocolate (really enhances the flavor) or whiskey for making BBQ sauce or Jack Daniels Grilling Sauce (like at TGI Fridays).
Brown 1 lb beef and 1 onion. If I'm canning my sauce, I leave out the beef/turkey.
Add the above and the following to the crock pot:
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (I go light on this as my family isn't found of the hot stuff)
- 2 tsp. basil
- 1 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 2 Tbsp. crushed garlic
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1/2 tsp. Rosemary
- 1-2 Tbsp. sugar.