Homemade Tomato Sauce with Country Ham

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8


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*


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.


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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