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Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce

TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce

Why is it that Sundays are always so busy? Is it because all of a sudden we realize that this is our last free day to do stuff before Monday rears its ugly head? I’m not sure. For some reason, Sundays are filled with doing chores. Laundry, groceries, meal prep, cleaning, it all seems to happen on Sunday.

This Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce is perfect for those busy Sundays. It’s a fall-apart braised beef sauce that is rich and hardy and full of yumminess. It’s a “Dinner While You Work”, so you can also make it midweek if you like. The prep is a snap – it’s so simple and it fills your kitchen with wonderful food smells! It is also good for a crowds as you can multiply the recipe to feed more people. If you use gluten-free pasta, this dish is suitable for celiacs or those following a gluten-free diet.

This is a typical Italian sauce. A less expensive cut of meat is slowly cooked in the tomatoes and either served on the side or, as I’ve done, been shredded into the sauce to make a really thick hearty ragu! Think of it as Italian Pot Roast sauce. It’s like the Commodores sang: it’s so easy…easy like Sunday dinner morning (and yes, I got that song stuck in my head when I made this sauce!).

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes + 6+ hours slow cooker; Serves: 4-6

What you need:

TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce

  • 1 pot roast style of beef (I used a blade roast and mine was 1.7 lbs)
  • 1 28 oz (796 ml) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to season and to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 large sprig oregano (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 1 large sprig basil (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • My Go-To Spice Mix (optional for serving)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated for serving
  • tomato paste (optional – not shown)
  • 500 g cooked pasta (I used penne)

what you do:

  • Pat your roast dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Pat your roast dry and give it a good sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, sear all sides of the roast (about 2 minutes a side)
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Give all sides a good sear
  • Place in a slow cooker
  • Add onions, garlic, basil and oregano
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Add the onions, garlic, basil and oregano
  • Add can of diced tomatoes
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Add can of diced tomatoes
  • Add beef stock
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Add beef stock

  • Cook on low for 6+ hours
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Cook for 6+ hours
  • Remove basil and oregano stems (leaves are okay)
  • Remove string around beef, then shred the beef into the sauce
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Shred the beef, and if you want a slightly thicker sauce, add some tomato paste
  • If you would like a thicker sauce, add some tomato paste (2 – 3 tbsp), stir and continue to cook for 10 minutes (I added it to my recipe)
  • Add your cooked pasta to a large bowl, add the sauce as desired and give it a good toss to coat
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Add pasta and sauce together in a bowl and toss to coat
  • Serve into bowls, salt and pepper to taste
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top
  • Grate Parmigiano-Reggiano over top
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
YUMMY and EASY!!!
TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Enjoy!
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TravelFoodCool Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce
Easy like Sunday dinner!!!

 



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