Sausage-Veggie Pasta Sauce Recipe

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With this recipe, I can sneak so many vegetables past my young sons—and they even ask for seconds! Plus, it smells wonderful simmering all day long. Make it interesting with different pasta shapes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:7 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the mushrooms, tomatoes, marinara sauce, carrots, peppers, onion, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, basil and oregano. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Sausage-Veggie Pasta Sauce in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2012, p47

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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