Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Meat Sauce

Summer Meat Sauce
Woah! Today at least a few of my muscles reminded me they haven't been used in a bit!  Two days ago we drove east on the Mass Pike (I-90) & visited our son & his family.  Another way to phrase that is that two days ago we had so much FuN playing games & reading to our young grandsons before the busy month of September & school begins in Massachusetts.  There's a few aches here.  Who am I kidding they're everywhere!  It's my normal- 2 days later, and so worth it, too!  :)

Today was the perfect day to take out my Slow Cooker!  Green Peppers, Eggplant, & Zucchini were in the fridge & easy to wash/ dry/ cut up for the Slow Cooker's pot.  A quick trip to our grocery store for the 3/4 pound of Ground Beef & to my pantry made for an easy dinner preparation.

Making a Meat Sauce in a Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) using fresh local vegetables is ideal for this time of year.  During our colder winter months it's always so handy to pull out a frozen container of sauce to enjoy over pasta.  Much less salt in a sauce prepared this way, too.  Whenever possible I use canned tomato sauce & tomatoes that contain less salt when preparing recipes!  Chunks of fresh veggies taste so good!    

Summer Meat Sauce


2 Green Peppers, cut into chunks or strips
(3/4 lb.) Ground Beef - Brown in skillet, removes fat
(1) large Eggplant - Cut into slices, then into chunks.
(3) small Zucchini - Cut in slices, then in half.
Dehydrated Onion, Parsley - as desired
1/4 teaspoon each Garlic Powder, Oregano & Basil
(1) can Tomatoes - drain, can be whole & cut in quarters or diced
About 28 oz. Tomato Sauce
(1) 6 oz. can Tomato Paste

  1. Spray Slow Cooker pot with PAM.
  2. Brown Ground Beef in skillet.
  3. Rinse all vegetables under cold running water, dry.
  4. Cut Green Peppers into strips & then in halves. Place in Slow Cooker's pot.
  5. Add browned Ground Beef.
  6. Add Eggplant pieces & halved sliced Zucchini pieces.
  7. Sprinkle on Onions, Parsley, Garlic Powder, Oregano & Basil. 
  8. Add drained cut/diced Tomatoes.
  9. In small bowl mix Tomato Paste with Tomato Sauce until smooth.
  10. Add Tomato Sauce/Paste to pot.
  11. Cover with lid.
  12. Cook on High (#5) Setting for 4 hours.
  13. Stir & serve over Pasta of choice.
After dinner when the extra sauce cooled, portions were placed in freezer containers & dated/ labelled.  On a snowy winter evening nothing beats an easy "take out" dinner when you can just visit your freezer.



Pam said...

I can sympathize with the aches after spending time with young grandsons, I get those sore muscles too after after the visit most of the time. But yes, it's worth it! That's a great meat sauce, great for summer veggies! "Take outs" like that are the best!

JG said...

Pam- "Take out" is so good when it's not loaded with salt. My Slow Cooker needs to do its thing again this weekend. It's so cool to enjoy grandchildren! :)