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Sausage-Veggie Pasta Sauce Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without spaghetti): 326 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

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