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homemade spaghetti sauce

photo(2)This year my very first garden couldn’t have gone any better (in my mind)…I had very low expectations for my first garden and the fact that it produced anything was beyond what I thought would happen. We’ve had peppers, zucchini, cucumbers & tomatoes like crazy. It makes me excited for next year!

This past week I had too many ripe tomatoes and wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I did a quick search on Pinterest and found this recipe from Mrs. Happy Homemaker. She used tomatoes from the garden to make her sauce instead of a can and made it in the crock pot so I knew I wanted to try it.

photo 1Here’s my version:
9c tomatoes, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt, pepper, oregano, basil to taste

photo 3cook it in the slow-cooker for 3 hours, puree in a blender or food processor, cook for 3 more hours. I then split it into two batches – one to freeze and one for the next day.

photo 4The next day I put the sauce in a sauce pan with a can of tomato paste and some frozen meatballs. I heated the meatballs until they were cooked and put the sauce on top of some farfalle pasta. All in all, it was pretty good! I’ll make it again, maybe adding a bit more salt & garlic {and try to sneak in some more veggies!}.


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