Thursday, April 16, 2009

Three Cheese Sweet Pepper Marinara

I love some good pasta, and not many places serve it with bold, rich flavors the way I like. I've come up with 3 or 4 variations on a standard marinara which are heaven in my mouth! I like the balance of creamy and hearty, and this sauce is simply no exception to that rule. I hope you like this one as much as I do!

2 cans tomato paste (6-8 oz.) ($.04 - after coupons)
1 can crushed tomatoes (29 oz.) ($.99)
1 can Italian-style diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.) ($.10 after coupons)
1 can tomato sauce (6 oz.) (free after coupons)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup (10-11 oz.) ($.52 - after coupons)
1 C. alfredo sauce (any variety) or 1 1/2 C. sour cream ($.40)
1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced ($.35)
5 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed ($.30)
1/2 C. parmesan ($.30)
1/2 C. mozzarella ($.40)
1/4 C. provolone ($.20 - got it on sale for $2.99 lb.!! got enough to freeze some for my next batch of sauce)
2 T. dry minced onion (or 1/4 small white onion, very finely chopped) ($.10)
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, white button or cremini, thin sliced ($.99)
2 T. basil ($.10)
2 tsp. oregano ($.15)
1/2 tsp. cumin (1 tsp. if you prefer a smokier flavor) ($.05)

Add all ingredients to a crockpot (slowcooker). Cook on high for 2 hours, switch to low, cook an additional 2 hours. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve over thin spaghetti. Top with Italian flat-leaf parsley and additional parmesan.
Yield = 12 servings
Cost = $4.99
Cost per serving: $.42


  1. I love your blog! I'm always on the look out for a yummy recipe so I will be back often.
    I'm on the IL/WI boarder so its nice to know a close blogger. Finally some nice weather after that horrible winter. It was wonderful just to have sunlight. Be back soon.

  2. Hey, didn't realize you were so close! Hi, neighbor - it's amazing to find bloggers near your area, it does make a difference, especially for finding ingredients and saving money!

  3. I do monthly shopping and we are all so sick of the same meals. I'm trying to come up with a new list of meals. I'm going to poke around your site for a few. And thank you.

  4. Hope you find something you like!