When it comes up in conversation that I’m a vegetarian the first question asked is, “What do you eat?” After a little chuckle I simple say, “Food.”
This is my favorite dish to make. Take me to an Italian restaurant and I’ll order a big plate of it just so I’m sure that I’ll have something to take home.
First I must tell you how this recipe came to life.
Once upon a time a girl named Jennifer wanted a plate of spaghetti. It was late in the evening, but the endless thoughts of noodles and sauce teased her taste buds. She was too tired to stay awake so instead an idea came to mind. Jennifer placed all of her ingredients for the sauce in a slow cooker with the intention of having it for breakfast (seriously).
Some people wake up to the sweet aroma of coffee brewing. She woke up and the whole house had the flavor of spaghetti flowing throughout it. Once the noodles were prepared and the plate was fixed a new tradition was born. I’ve prepared my sauce the same way every since that day.
Here’s what I use.
I chop up fresh veggies from the garden. I like my sauce thick. The more veggies the better.
Ragu is my sauce of choice. I always use two jars because I want to make sure there are leftovers.
Remember Fingerhut? I got this slow cooker from a catalog years ago for around $15.00. It works great for this recipe. I toss in the chopped veggies, Ragu sauce, and then my last (most important) ingredient in the pot and let it cook on low overnight. When you get up in the morning and go to stir the contents, you may notice that it may be really thick. You can add a little bit of water to the batch.
I’ve been known to skip the morning bagel and make toast to dip in a side dish of sauce alone.
Sugar. Yes, I know six tablespoons is probably a bit much. It adds a sweetness to the sauce that it oh so good. And with most Italian foods they taste even better the next day.
Perhaps if I wasn’t so tired that one evening this recipe may of never existed.
Here’s a little history on how this food series got started.
P.S. I’ve been digging through my craft supplies looking for items to use in my smash books. Along the way I came up with a little tip on how to keep a common tool(s) that we craft geeks use daily in good working order. I’ll share it with you tomorrow. So you have to come back. It’s a useful tip. I promise.
P.S.S. This post wasn’t a paid advertisement for the Ragu products.
Until the next word…