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Meaty Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 8 hours

Makes

12 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Marinated artichokes, celery and 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
Meaty Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk 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

  1. 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.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 180 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

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