I make this without the meat and keep it on hand in the freezer. I use it for everything - pizza, calzones, chicken parm. I add the meat in later if needed. I usually put the ingredients in the crock and let it go all day (or all night) and then separate it into freezer bags. Because I cook it in the crock pot, I omit the water, and just as a matter of taste, I add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar to cut down on the acidity. DH says it is just like his mommy makes ;o)!