Slow cooker tomato sauce recipe….

This recipe for homemade tomato sauce is one of the most versatile things you can make because it can be used to make so many meals.  I make a huge batch in the slow cooker and freeze it in smaller portions so I just need to re-heat it as and when I need it.

I use it for the sauce for tuna pasta bake, plain with pasta, topping for pizza, a sauce for chicken wrapped in cheese and bacon, spooned on a jacket potato with some cheese, as a sauce in veggie lasagne, as a sauce with meatballs…. I could go on!

It’s also great for turning leftovers into another meal, a little of this sauce warmed up and spooned over some chicken is our favourite way to use up leftover chicken!

1/2 onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tins chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar ( don’t worry if you dont have any in – it almost as nice without)
1 tablespoon dried basil

Don’t worry about measuring everything perfectly as this recipe is really forgiving and I’ve never made a bad batch despite the fact that I very rarely measure things properly.  You can also make larger quantities, I usually double everything so I have plenty to freeze as I use it so often!

As it’s a slow cooker recipe, it really is as simple as adding everything to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 6 – 8 hours stirring every couple of hours.

homemade tomato sauce

 

I’m organising my freezer at the moment so I have a batch of this bubbling away and I’ll be making some cheese sauce later as well!

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#PowerofFrozen – Tomato and Chickpea Cous Cous with meatballs….

I’ve been writing a post today ready to share on Monday over on The Diary of a Frugal Family about the difference that being clever with my freezer has made to meal planning and one of the things I mentioned was about how I’ve been stocking up on ‘base ingredients’, the things that can be added to something to make a main meal.  Frozen cooked chicken is a great example and so are frozen meatballs which is what makes up the main part of this dish.

I’ve made this with frozen Slimming World meatballs which are delicious for the whole family and absolutely syn free for me on Slimming World and I find it’s a great meal to make in just a few minutes that we can all eat and enjoy together.

Tomato and Chickpea Cous Cous with meatballs

400g cous cous
2 stock cubes (of any variety)
1 carton passata (250g size)
1 tin chickpeas
500g mushrooms
1 chopped red onion
1 teaspoon lazy garlic or 2 cloves garlic crushed.
1 pack of Slimming World meatballs
Dried chilli flakes to taste (optional)

Cook the Slimming World meatballs in accordance with the instructions on the pack.

In a large pan, heat the onions, chickpeas, garlic and mushrooms in a little olive oil (or some low fat cooking spray) with the mushrooms and onions are soft.

Add the passata to the pan and gently heat until it’s warmed through.

When the passata mix is hot you can start preparing your cous cous using a large bowl, preferably the one you’re going to serve your finished meal in.

Just stir the crumbled stock cubes and the chilli if you’re using it through the cous cous and pour over just enough water to cover the cous cous.

Give it a quick stir and then mix in the passata mix ensuring that it’s all combined.

You need to leave it for about five minutes and then you can just add your meatballs and you’re good to go.

For the picture below, I just mixed through the meatballs whole but what I do when I make this usually is to chop them into four so they get more evenly distributed through the cous cous mix.

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Disclosure: I received vouchers from Iceland to buy the ingredients for this and share it with you but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious. 😉

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What we’re eating this week {25th January 201}….

This week is a bit of a split meal plan as I’m following Slimming World and although I’m trying to adapt our favourite family meals, I haven’t quite mastered it quite yet.  There’s also meals that I want to try that not everyone will like so on those nights I’ll cook something separate for the non-likers….

25 January

 

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