14 January 2011

What's for Dinner?

Tonight for dinner we're having my homemade spaghetti sauce...except for Rylan, who's having spaghetti sauce out of a jar. I've had lots of compliments on my sauce, so I thought I'd share the recipe. I will admit that I don't measure when I'm making this recipe, so feel free to adjust the seasoning to your preference. Oh, and one more thing...this does tend to be a bit on the spicy side, which is how we like it.

5-6 medium cans of tomato sauce
1 can of olives, sliced (I slice my own, but you can buy the sliced too.)
1 lb of fresh mushrooms sliced, or 2 cans of sliced mushrooms
1 lb of spicy italian ground sausage
3 small zucchini, sliced
2 T. italian seasoning
1 T. onion powder or 1/2 an onion, diced
2 T. garlic powder or 3 cloves, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the sausage into small chunks. While the sausage is browning, combine the remaining ingredients into a crock pot. You can also use a big pot and let it simmer on low, but I always use the crock pot so I can walk away. After the sausage is done, stir all of the ingredients together. Let it cook on low for 4-6 hours. I always smell the sauce to see if it needs any more spices. When you're ready to eat, serve it over spaghetti. I usually serve this with a green salad and garlic bread.

I didn't add zucchini today because I didn't have any and also because the kids always pick it out. We like our sauce chunky so I used less sauce and more stuff, but that can be adjusted as well.

Feel free to use this recipe and if you do, let me know what you think!