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Pizza in a Pot

 Pizza in a Pot
"Since most kids will try anything to do with pizza, I rely on this recipe when one of my two teenage sons has a friend stay for dinner," shares Anita Doughty of West Des Moines, Iowa. "It's frequently a hit."
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until no longer
  • pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the next 13
  • ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until slightly thickened.
  • Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving with pasta. Sprinkle with
  • mozzarella cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 338 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 1,423 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 19 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.