Make a batch of this spicy Sausage Ragu in your crockpot – enough sauce for your supper tonight, as well as enough to go in the freezer for future meals.
To begin, brown two pounds of bulk hot Italian sausage in a large skillet.
When the sausage is browned, use a slotted spoon to drain and move the sausage to your crockpot. You need to use a larger crockpot – I’m using a 4-1/2-Quart Crockpot.
Pour off most of the sausage drippings, leaving just a couple tablespoons. Sauté the onions, peppers and garlic in the drippings until they are tender.
Add in your seasonings: a teaspoon each of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, a tablespoon each of oregano, basil and parsley. Stir those in and let them cook for just a moment.
Add in a cup of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Stir that in and let it cook until it comes to a gentle boil. Turn off the heat.
Add the skillet contents into the crockpot as well.
Now for the tomatoes. You’ll add in 2 – 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes (un-drained) and 2 -15 ounce cans of tomato sauce.
Stir this all together. Cover it and cook on low for 10 hours (or 6 hours on high.)
After the sauce has cooked, take a stick blender, and give it a “buzz” until it is the consistency you are looking for. You don’t have to do this, but I have 2 kids who HATE chunks of tomato – and this is how I take care of that. Divide this into meal portions and freeze them for future meals.
Serve with your favorite pasta, Stromboli, or any other way you would like to use ragu.