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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

 Meaty Spaghetti Sauce
"My family always enjoyed my homemade spaghetti sauce, but it's so time-consuming to make on the stovetop," remarks Arlene Sommers of Redmond, Washington. "My busy grown daughter adapted my recipe to take advantage of her slow cooker. The flavorful sauce still receives compliments."
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Directions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and sausage until no
  • longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the
  • green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, sugar
  • and seasonings.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until bubbly. Serve with
  • spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings.

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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce (continued)

Nutritional Facts: One serving (prepared with lean ground beef and Italian turkey sausage; calculated without spaghetti) equals 231 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 1188 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.