When I was little one of my favourite dinner nights was spaghetti night. Just before dinner my brother and I would be told to go and get our spaghetti shirts and we would head over to a special drawer in our father's dresser where the spaghetti shirts were kept. I know now they were old t-shirts my father probably couldn't wear out in public anymore but for us it was a symbol that we were going to eat one of our favourite meals. And thanks to the protection of the spaghetti shirt, we were free to enjoy it any way we pleased.
For my parents, I am sure that two children in spaghetti shirts symbolized a family meal time that wouldn't be accompanied by kids whining "I don't like that." Now that I am a mom, I can appreciate how refreshing that can be.
We've continued the spaghetti night tradition in our family (minus the spaghetti shirts—which I really should consider!) for many reasons. After working all day, I like how easy it can be to put on the table. And thanks to great recipes like this Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce—that comes right off the Cook With Campbell's website—I can have an easy dinner at my fingertips!
Simply cook up your beef, onions, and garlic then add your Campbell's Tomato with Basil and Oregano soup.
Add your flour and stir.
Toss into your slow cooker.
Add your Campbell's 30% Less Sodium Beef Broth.
Then add your tomatoes, oregano, and pepper.
Top with a bay leaf.
Cook, serve, and enjoy!
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (284 mL) CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Tomato with Basil and Oregano soup
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 can (796 mL) crushed tomatoes
1/2 carton (450 ml) CAMPBELL'S® Ready to Use 30% Less Sodium Beef broth
1 tbsp dried oregano
¼ tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
In a large skillet brown ground beef over medium-high heat until cooked and no pink is visible.
Add onions and cook until soft (approximately 3-4 minutes), then add garlic and cook for one more minute.
Add soup and flour to pan and stir to combine for approximately 1-2 minutes.
Transfer contents of pan to slow cooker sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Add broth, crushed tomatoes, oregano, black pepper, and bay leaf to slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
Remove bay leaf and serve over your favourite pasta.
Tip: If you're a busy mom like I am, sometimes doing one more thing (like cooking beef) before you leave the house in the morning seems like too much to even consider. To simplify my morning, I'll quickly cook the beef, garlic, and onions the night before and then add the soup and flour then cool and refrigerate overnight. The next morning I toss everything into the slow cooker (as per the directions above) and voila!