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Meaty Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

 Meaty Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
“Marinated artichokes, celery and sweet green pepper are wonderful additions to this hearty spaghetti sauce. Don’t be afraid of leftovers—this tangy sauce is even better the next day.” —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Italian tomato paste
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, beef, onion, green pepper,
  • celery and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink;
  • drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10
  • hours. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

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Meaty Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 180 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 708 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.