We eat a lot of Italian food. This is a staple in our household. I make one of these batches of sauce once or twice a month. It's good for a week, and you can use it for countless other things (lasagna, stuffed peppers, stew/soup, etc.) You can make it meatless for even more uses (pizza, eggplant or chicken parm, etc.) Basically, add it to any recipe that has a tomato base.
1 large can (102 oz.) of diced tomatoes
1 small can (6 oz.) of tomato paste
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 head garlic, sliced
1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 t. salt
1/4 c. dried basil
1/3 c. dried parsley
1 T. granulated garlic
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
6 oz. sweet potato puree (baby food)
1. Add all ingredients together in a large crock pot. Cook on high for 6-7 hrs.
**If you want a sauce with deep, long-cooked taste, cook on low for 12 hrs.**