Jul
28
2010

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

This super easy and tasty recipe makes a large crock pot full of sauce, so it’s one of our favorites for entertaining or for freezing for later use. (Scroll down for alternate recipe.)

 

 

Ingredients

1 large green bell pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 lbs. Italian Sausage (without casing)

(3) 28 oz. cans of CRUSHED tomatoes (use crushed for best flavor)

1-2 Tablespoons dried basil

Salt to taste (I start with 1 teaspoon and add if it needs more.)

1 cup sliced black olives (if desired)

 

Instructions

Saute green pepper and onion in olive oil until the onion just begins to turn translucent.

Add sausage to the pan and brown it, breaking up larger pieces.

Place sausage mixture in the crock pot.

Add crushed tomatoes.

Add spices and olives if desired.

Cook on low 4-5 hours depending on your crock pot.

Serve over pasta or rice.

 

This recipe has a rich tomato flavor. If you would like a more subtle taste, substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes.

  

  

Alternate Recipe:

Brown six Italian sausages in casing. Place on the bottom of the crock pot. Cover with two 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes, 2 tbs. dried basil and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve sausages whole, cover with sauce.

 

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

MommaKisssi August 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

How much does this make? Also, how much cheaper is this to make than just buying the $1.00 cans and how long is it good for in the freezer?

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Kimberlee August 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

This makes approximately 5 quarts of sauce. It is more expensive than buying the $1.00 cans if you include the sausage, but it tastes better in my opinion. You can probably keep it in the freezer for 2 months safely.

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Kira January 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I’ve got this in the slow cooker right now, but with organic grass-fed ground beef from Costco. I was also able to snag one very large can of crushed tomatoes (without the extra, questionable ingredients) at Costco for about $3 — so glad I found it!

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Kimberlee January 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Sounds like a healthier version for sure! How much is the grass fed ground beef at Costco?

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