Slow-Cooked Italian Meat Sauce

Get ready for this delicious tomato sauce. Using the unique temperature control of the folding slow-cooker, cook this sauce for a few hours or all day to develop the complex flavors. A bonus is the quick no-mess preparation with a true one-pot recipe. Start the sauce on the stove top in your favorite metal saucepan or dutch oven, and then transfer the pot to the slow-cooker. A wonderful sauce for pasta or lasagna.

Yield: About 6-8 servings
Timing: 30-minutes preparation, 3 hours minimum in the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker.


Italian sausage, sweet or spicy1.5 lb2258
Beef, lean and ground1 lb45016
Olive oil3 T451.6
Onion, chopped1 C1425
Garlic cloves, minced4 cloves200.7
Green pepper, chopped*½ C702.5
Basil2 tsp20.07
Oregano1½ tsp10.03
Bay leaves2 leaves10.03
Salt2 tsp120.4
Tomato puree1 can8201 lb 13 oz
Tomato paste1 can1706
Red wine
2 T301
Tomatoes, fresh & chopped1 C2007
Black pepper¼ tsp0.70.02
Parsley, fresh & chopped½ C150.5
Mushrooms, coarsely chopped, *optional½ C391.4
Parmesan cheese, grated½ C501.8

Equipment: Brød and Taylor Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker, metal 6-8 quart / 6-8 L covered stock pot with short handles and less than 8” /20 cm tall with lid. Less than 8” / 20 cm will allow the pot to rest in the center of the Proofer during slow cooking.

Note: The original Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker product (FP-101 or FP-201) may also be used. Set the Proofer to 120 °F / 49 °C and place the stockpot directly on the base plate of the Proofer. Follow the recipe.

Prepare the Proofer: Remove the water tray and rack from the Proofer. Select Slow Cook Mode. Set the temperature at 195 °F / 90 °C.

Cook onion, garlic and green pepper. In the stock pot, warm olive oil on a stove top at medium heat and then add onion, garlic, and green pepper. Cook until softened for about 8 minutes.

Add spices. Combine spices with ingredients in the pot and mix well.

Combine with meat. Add beef and sausage. Cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Add tomato ingredients, pepper and mushrooms. Add tomato puree, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, red wine, and mix together. Stir in black pepper with mushrooms.

Begin slow cooking
. Transfer the stock pot to the Folding Proofer and slow cook for a minimum of 3 hours.

Note: Gently place the stock pot in the center of the Proofer base and avoid sliding your pot to prevent scratching the aluminum surface on the base of the Proofer. Scratching will not damage the function of the Proofer, just the appearance. Placing a sheet of aluminum foil on the Proofer base plate will also protect the base from spills.

Serve. Enjoy served over pasta with parmesan cheese grated on top and garnish with fresh parsley.

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