1-1/2 lb ground meat (I usually use turkey or chicken, but beef will work)Store the browned meat in the fridge for the next morning. Store it separately from the other ingredients.
1 onionPut them into the crock pot along with
2 stalks celery
enough kalamata olives to make 1/4 cup
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoesThe next morning, mix the meat into the crock pot's contents and set it on low. Let it simmer a good 8 hours, or until you get home. Then cook some pasta, garlic bread, open a bottle of chianti, and feast!
1 can (12 oz) tomato paste
2 bay leaves
3 teaspoons minced garlic
3 teaspoons capers
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano