Homemade Tomato Sauce with Country Ham

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

29 oz. can tomato puree

1 can tomato paste

2 roma tomatoes, diced

2 cups mushrooms, chopped

2 shallots, diced

3 cups chicken broth

4 oz.  Hobe’s Country Ham, cubed

3 cups chicken broth

1 tsp. fresh oregano, minced

1 tsp. dried thyme

3 tsp. sugar

2 bay leaves

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. crushed black pepper

1 lb. (16 oz.) pasta noodles

Grated parmesan for garnish (optional)

*large slow cooker*

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, except the pasta, and thoroughly mix the ingredients. Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set the temperature to high. Cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the tomato sauce nears its cooking time completion, put on a large pot of boiling water and add a tablespoon of salt. Add in the pasta and stir to avoid each noodle from sticking to each other. Boil until pasta is al dente. Pour pasta into a strainer to remove water then transfer to desired serving dish. Cover with lid, foil, or plastic wrap to maintain heat.

Give the sauce a final stir, then turn off the slow cooker. Transfer sauce into desired serving dish or leave in the pot to serve with pasta.

Notes:

To avoid pasta from sticking together after cooking, pour and mix a teaspoon of olive oil into the pasta. This will prevent it from sticking, but unfortunately hinders the sauce from sticking to the noodles. The choice is yours.

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