Two food posts in a row! I’m on such a roll with my recipes this week that I couldn’t wait to share this, especially as it turned out so amazing. I found this recipe in Taste of Home‘s Most Requested Recipes issue and instantly wanted to try it. I love pasta but rarely eat it, mostly due to the fact that the sauces available in the grocery store are always a huge disappointment (and what is pasta if not a vehicle for the sauce?).
It was a bit odd for me to make this one, because it has meat in it. I was, for many years, and up until very recently, a vegetarian. Several years ago I added fish and eggs back into my diet but that was it. I never ate cow, pig, or chicken (although very occasionally, like once a year or something, I’d have duck or lamb). Within the last few months I’ve begun to integrate some meat back into my diet but it has been a weird experience for me. I no longer think about meat the same and it has been such a long time since I’ve been “allowed” to order it that when I do I feel awkward. Even now, there are some things I prefer vegetarian style, pizza and sandwiches being a couple of them. This recipe seemed so delicious from the get-go though that I wanted to experience it in full, and I’m glad I did.
This is a crock-pot recipe and I was literally in there with a spoon, eating the sauce out of the crock-pot before it was even finished. It is that good. Here is the recipe on their website and here are a few notes I made while making it:
- The recipe says to leave in the crock pot for 8-10 hours, but I found that 6 was sufficient for mine (on low) and then I left it on warm for another couple of hours.
- I added mushrooms to the recipe at the crock pot stage.
- I got Trader Joe’s fire roasted canned tomatoes, which I think added a bit of extra pop to the recipe.