For example this month I learned that John loved Linguine with Clam Sauce (click here for the recipe). I also learned that Suzette's Shepherd's Pie at Joy of Homemaking lasts about 3 nights in our home and John has a quick easy lunch meal for two days. So I might make a Shepherd's Pie on a Thursday or Friday to stretch to the weekend next time, and I'll make sure to add Linugine with Clam Sauce for August since this month it was such a hit with John and the kids.
Crock Pot: Hearty Meatless Sauce
Makes 8 Servings
Prep 15 minutes (tops! so easy)
Slow cook 2 1/2 on High or 4 hours on Low
1 Large Green pepper, sedded and finely chopped
1 Large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) whole plum tomatoes in puree
1 package (12 ounces) soy crumbles
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
****** in a separate pot
cook your spaghetti noodles as normal
1. Stir together pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, soy crumbles, vinegar, dried basil, sugar and salt in slow cooker, breaking up tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Cover and cook on High for 2 1/2 hours or Low for 4 hours.
2. Add your cooked spaghetti and top with fresh basil and parsley.
I served with fresh Parmesan cheese on top and warm Italian bread! The soy crumbles were delicious! I did find the green pepper flavor strong, next time I will use a half of a green pepper, but everything else was delicious and cooking the sauce in the crock pot made the whole house smell like an Italian restaurant! It was a great night to have company over! And my lovely guest enjoyed this new meal as well and she wasn't even a green pepper fan, and loved the sauce!