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3/7/08 2:05 P

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What a fabulous idea! I adore Italian foods and I've been trying to find a way to get away from using jarred/mass-produced (read "high sodium") pasta sauces. This definitely sounds do-able!

"It is the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked."
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3/5/08 9:46 A

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When I make it, I go get my neighbors crockpot and fix her a pot also!!
The chicken sausages (Al Fresco I think its called) and the turkey meatballs are absolutely grand in this sauce.
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3/4/08 12:05 A

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thank you for the idea i never thought about making a large pot of sauce for that day and having some to freeze for other days. I always like savory things after the first day it gives it time to marinate and it really enhances all the flavors. I am going to make a huge crock of sauce now thank you! Just another reason to be ecstatic about my vegetable garden this year for all the great sauces I can freeze and enjoy all year long thanks again! oh and of course the crock pot itself lol

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3/2/08 11:46 P

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Sounds good! I do lots of crockpot cooking but have never tried doing sauce this way. I'll definitely try it!

 
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3/1/08 10:50 P

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Wheat germ or a little bran is not needed at all - I just add it for a bit of extra nutrition & it would not suit everyone's taste.

I cook my life saving recipe for about 8 hrs on High... and sometimes I give it a 10 minute kickstart in the microwave so the sauce comes out mixed and smoothed out a bit more (but the microwave part is not needed especially if you cut up your veggies very fine).

I agree the meat is not needed - it takes fabulous without it - you can really taste all the fresh veggies, spices, & hmmm yummy fresh garlic... your home smells like an Italian bistro.

Enjoy!

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3/1/08 10:10 P

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Hi Newbie! How long do you cook your life saving concoction? It sounds heavenly - and easy to make and adjust to your own liking.

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3/1/08 7:52 P

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Welcome, McBudd!!
I like to add a can of Rotelle to the mix you described. I have never put wheat germ in, though.
I make this about once a month and put it in individual containers, freeze, and then I'm ready to take it to work for lunch. Turkey meatballs, chicken garlic sausage, turkey italian sausage, ground turkey/chicken ---tastes awsome in this sauce!! I have completely quit using beef because the flavors are so good you don't need to use beef.
(My doctor has finally got me convinced I shouldn't eat beef)
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3/1/08 1:33 P

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Hi - I am a newbie and thought I would share my life saving recipe.

Been using this crock pot recipe for over 20 yrs (my invention):

The Life Saving Grand Master Spaghetti sauce:

Veggie version: 2 tablespoons of olive oil; real garlic; fresh or dried basil; oregano; onions; fresh and canned roma tomatoes; tomato paste; a teaspoon wheat germ; of course green/red/orange peppers as you prefer (& other veggies that will compliment your sauce - I keep my in the Italian theme for its wonderful flavor). The portion sizes of the veggies are to your liking. IT IS ALMOST CALORIE FREE - full of nutrition and Super easy to make.

The beauty of the veggie version is you can later use it for making lasagna; chicken catchatori (sorry for spelling but if you sound it out you'll know the word); etc.

Perfect for freezing because the sauce tastes even better after it is thawed.

Also, you can of course make it into a meat/pork/veal/chicken/turkey ground beef version by simply adding it to your veggie spaghetti sauce.

I have been making various versions of this for year's and it's always been at home run!!!

But I good sure use more recipes so that's why I joined your team.

Happy Crock Potting,

Newbie MacBud
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