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Slow-Simmering Pasta Sauce

 Slow-Simmering Pasta Sauce
Spaghetti with sauce is my kids' favorite dinner, so through trial and error, I came up with my own recipe. This is the winning result. I love that it's made in a slow cooker.—Samantha Vicars, Kenosha, Wisconsin
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours


  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil, divided
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat for 7-8
  • minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender. Add
  • garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow
  • cooker.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, bay
  • leaves, oregano, dried basil, salt and thyme. Cover and cook on low
  • for 6-8 hours.
  • Discard bay leaves; stir in half of the fresh basil. Serve with

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Directions (continued)

  • pasta. Top with remaining basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (calculated without pasta) equals 327 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 1,392 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.