I won’t lie, there are some pretty good pre-made sauces you can get for about what it will cost you to make this. But if you’ve ever come home to the smell of sauce that’s been simmering all day, you know that a jar just can’t capture that.
Lately I’ve been doing my sauce the same way every time: saute some onion, add pesto, add tomatoes, etc. For this version, I wanted to go really simple. Everything in it can come out of your pantry, and it takes about 5 minutes total hands-on time. (Not counting making the meatballs.)
1 large can (29 ounces) tomato puree
1 small can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds raw meatballs
I said this was easy, right? Pay attention, this goes fast …
Put the puree and paste in a slow cooker. Rinse each can out with a little water and add it to make sure you get it all.
Add the garlic, oregano, onion, basil and salt and stir.
Add a little more water if you think it’s too thick.
Add the meatballs. (Click the link for the recipe.)
Turn the slow cooker on low and leave it for 6 hours.
Stir in the grease. Yes, do it. I’m serious.
That is totally not optional. If you think there’s something wrong with the fat in your meat, get better meat. It’s good for you.
Pour the sauce and meatballs out over pasta and enjoy.
And that’s it.