Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day 46 - Mighty Meaty Spaghetti

Mighty meaty spaghetti, green salad, carrots.

So, comfort food week goes on.  Today's lunch is last night's leftovers...my semi famous mighty meaty spaghetti.

Disclaimer:  This is only "mighty meaty" when I know I'm going to need to eat very small quantities, or I have very hungry company over.  I make this recipe vegetarian for myself all the time.  But  last night was epic TV night, so epic spaghetti was in order.

Anyway, this is another slow cooker recipe.  A little more effort than Ragu, but so worth your time.  This recipe is just for the sauce...feel free to add whatever pasta or other accompaniments you'd like!

The version pictured above is just the leftovers, so all the meatballs were picked out.  I promise, though, when you make it fresh the meatballs are just gorgeous!

Mighty Meaty Spaghetti

1 lb bag frozen Italian meatballs
1/3 lb ground sirloin
1/3 lb ground sweet Italian sausage
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced or chopped
28 oz can whole tomatoes in juice
12 oz tomato paste
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup good red wine
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T Worcestershire
1 T sugar
1 T dried basil

In a large pan, brown ground beef and pork.  Transfer to a slow cooker and pour in all remaining ingredients.  Set on low and cook for 6-8 hours.  Serve over pasta.

Feel free to leave out all or part of the meat for a less fatty or meaty sauce. 

Also, feel free to dip a piece of toasted ciabatta in the pot and eat it standing at the counter...because it's that good! Pin It Now!

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