Aug 19, 2013

Easy Back to School Meal {Crock Pot Smoked Sausage}

It's back to school time.

Crock Pot Smoked Sausage: Ms. enPlace

Supplies obtained and packed.  Uniforms tried on and laundered.  Much needed, but unwanted haircut fresh and neatly brushed.  Grumbling about waking up early and homework.

I can't blame him.  Does anyone want more work after getting off of work?  Of course not.

Which is why so many people turn to the crock pot for help with supper.

Crock Pot Smoked Sausage: Ms. enPlace

Honestly, I'm not a big crockpotter.  Evidence: I think this is only the second crockpot recipe I've posted in almost five years of blogging.

The cook times usually don't work out for me.  I worry about leaving the darn thing on while no one is home.  And there simply haven't been that many crockpot recipes we've liked.

Crock pot aside (or stuffed in the back of a cabinet on the bottom shelf), Crock Pot Smoked Sausage is one of our favorite meals.

It is ridiculously easy.  Ridiculously good for being so ridiculously easy.

Crock Pot Smoked Sausage: Ms. enPlace

Notes: We like it over pasta.  Rice could be involved if you'd like.  I use one pack of smoky, smoky andouille and one pack of standard smoked sausage.  Use your favorite.  I prefer to use plain diced canned tomatoes--I don't care for the flavored ones like roasted garlic or garlic & basil.  But whatever you have/prefer would work.

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Crock Pot Smoked Sausage
adapted from anne pash

2 pkgs smoked sausage, cut into half moons (I use 1 lb andouille, 1 lb regular smoked sausage)
1 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

Cooked pasta or rice

Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for at least 4 hours (or low for 8).  Serve over pasta or rice.

Optional: if you like a thicker sauce, at the end of cooking mix 2 tablespoons cold water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch.  Stir into sausage and sauce.  Cook on high in crock pot for 15-20 minutes.

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  1. I use my crockpot every single Sunday through the fall and winter and this is going on the list.

  2. Hi Michelle! This looks so simple and delicious!

  3. Sounds like a great crockpot meal!! Oy. Back to school season. Ugh.

  4. Sausage is on sale right now so I'm thinking this will make an appearance on our table soon. :)

  5. Michelle, I hear you about the crockpot - I have only had a couple of successes - the most recent one was so simple but tasty that I realise I have been overcomplicating things - just chucked in some chicken thigs, a can of cream of mushroom soup, pepper and a layer of potato slices on top - worked just fine!

  6. What a yummy looking crock pot dish. We start school in 14 days (YAY!!) and I'm anxious to get back into some sort of routine, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  7. I love smoked sausage, and think that it is seriously underrated. I have a number of recipes for making it in the Crockpot, but nothing like this. Thanks, I'm adding it to my collection and will be trying it come fall.

  8. Hi Michelle~ One rule of thumb for me when using my crock-pot, less is best, 5 to 10 ingredients or less:) When I worked full time I was the Queen of the Crock pot~ My kids would say, oh goodie, another "Crock Pot" supper. They called it other names too, but I will keep this G rated! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  9. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  10. I've been using my crockpot more and my daughter, who is looking over my shoulder, just gave your dish a thumbs up. Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday. Good to have you back.

  11. Hi Michelle,
    This is a great Crock Pot Dish that would be perfect for Back to School. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a good week!
    Miz Helen

  12. I love all of the ingredients and that it's a crock pot meal :) Hope back to school has been a smooth transition in our house :)

  13. This would make a great dish to serve for football games. My husband and everyone who comes over to watch football love sausage. What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing on the Blog Hop Blitz!
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