Spaghetti is one of the first meals that most of us learn to make. It’s cheap, easy, and makes a lot of food- 3 factors that appeal to the broke college student in all of us. Anyone can boil some noodles, brown some hamburger, and stir in sauce- so I thought, anyway. I have a friend who asked her husband to put a pot of water on to boil so she could make dinner when she arrived home. When she got home, she literally had a pot of water on the stove waiting to boil. Maybe this guy can’t make spaghetti. The rest of us can and I’m here to save you from reaching for the jar of prepared sauce in your pantry.
This sauce takes about 15 minutes to prep and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. Everyone has different requirements when it comes to spaghetti sauce. I want a sauce that is thick, yet smooth with a robust tomato flavor and just the right blend of herbs. Check and check. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, giving you tons of options. I normally make the whole batch and end up using the leftovers for future pasta nights or meatball subs. It also freezes well so you can always be prepared when the need for Italian strikes.
Prepare everything for the slow cooker in the morning and return home to a house that smells like an Italian eatery. Roughly chop an onion and cloves of garlic while you brown some ground beef or turkey or whatever floats your boat. You could even do this the night before if you are a complete zombie in the morning like me. While the onions and garlic sizzle away, proceed to consume your morning caffeine at an alarming rate. Gulp. You now feel like you can conquer the world. Use your new-found power to add the ground beef mixture to your slow cooker with the rest of the sauce ingredients. Baby steps, okay?
About an hour before serving, add uncooked spaghetti noodles to your slow cooker. Break them in half and submerge them in the sauce to absorb all that delicious flavor. While they’re cooking, you can whip up the rest of dinner. Perhaps this salad or some garlic bread. Yum.
Scrumptious, cheesy-topped carbs? I’m in! Now twirl your fork around the delicious pasta and dig in.