Monday, May 08, 2006

Spaghetti with soy meatballs

I got smart today and used my crockpot to make some spaghetti sauce - the house smelled wonderfully promising all day and I was able to get some work done in the yard. What I love about my spaghetti sauce recipe is that it is one of those where everything just gets dumped into the crockpot. I've been wanting to make lasagna recently but I didn't have any homemade sauce in the freezer. So this provided dinner tonight and will make the sauce for lasagne - maybe next week. We almost always have whole wheat pasta but today I didn't have any and the store I stopped at didn't carry any. It was good though and not a bad change of pace.

Crockpot spaghetti sauce

1 medium onion -- chopped
8 medium garlic cloves - chopped fine
2 28 ounce cans diced canned tomatoes -- not drained
3 6 ounce cans tomato paste
2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons dried basil
4 teaspoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper -- coarsely ground
1/2 cup red wine
1 package meatless meatballs

Put everything into a large crockpot and cook all day (I start mine on high and then turn it down to low after a few hours).

We also had one of my favorite salad combinations - baby spinach, avocado, walnuts and cherry tomatoes.

And last but not least some amazing fruit - organic strawberries, bananas, mango and cantaloupe:

The dish is another one of my thrift store finds - it's an old enameled 9 x 13 baking dish in my favorite color - green! And it was only $2 :-)


Dreena said...

Tasty looking dishes, as always Nancy! Avocados with spincach salads is a favorite of mine too - and the avocado starts to 'melt' into the spinach leaves... mmmm, it's great!

btw, your post yesterday of your mint - wow!!! I love how plentiful and lush it looks. I have a bay tree, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and som tarragon growing. Nothing quite that full though! Do you have any success growing basil? I have tried several times, and I just can't seem to get it to grow as much as I can pick it!! :)

Susan Voisin said...

The food looks great, but I'm really envious of your baking dish. That's a great find!

KleoPatra said...

The fruit really stands out in that cool dish. Thrift stores rock my world!!

I cook spaghetti 'n' soyballs a lot, more than i should, because having the soyballs make it sooooo convenient to do so!!!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

This all looks simply delicious!

I've been craving a good tomato sauce lately and haven't had one 'quite right'. : )

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

plus now I want to go thrifting for new dishes!

Flo @ Yielded Heart said...

I have not used the same recipe for spaghetti/marinara sauce more than once since cooking vegan. Still looking for the right one, so I might come back to this when it's spaghetti time again.

Great hunt on the dish!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy!
Yummy - that sauce sounds great! I have been in love with my crockpot lately b/c it is too hot too be spending time over the stove.
About how much do you think your recipe makes? I really want to give it a try with the lasagna from the Uncheese Cookbook (which should be arriving any day now yay!)
That's such a pretty-colored dish - that mint color is so rereshing!

Guinnah said...

Hey Dreena - I do have luck with basil but it's hard getting it tall enough to escape the snails! That's my biggest problem right now.

SusanV - isn't it a great dish? I'm a sucker for anything green.

Kleopatra - you should check out the thrift stores in the area where I live (east bay). There are lots of junior league type organizations that all have thrift stores. Amazingly nice and cool stuff - cheap :-)

Jess - we really love this spaghetti sauce and it freezes well. The meatballs sort of disolve after freezing so then it's a meatsauce. I love scouring the thrift stores for kitchenstuff/dishes - I certainly don't "need" dishes but when I get them at the thrift store I don't feel guilty.

Kaivegan - if you try this sauce I sure hope you like it :-) For us it just hits the spot!

Hey Caroline - the sauce makes a lot - definitely enough for lasagna. And I like that I don't have to brown anything on the stove first. Everything just gets dumped in. I'll admit when I first got my crockpot I felt so Florence Henderson-ish but I just love it.