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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe for thick & meaty Italian spaghetti sauce using two types of meat & lots of vegetables. One batch makes 5-quarts & the slow cooker does all the work!

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Recipe for thick & meaty Italian spaghetti sauce using two types of meat & lots of vegetables. One batch makes 5-quarts & the slow cooker does all the work!

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 lb ground spicy pork sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup par-cooked or cooked black beans (approx 1 can)
  • 2 bell peppers (any color)
  • 10 cloves garlic, halved
  • 2 large carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 stalks celery, each cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 90 ounces of tomato sauce (I buy a large #10 can of tomato sauce from Costco (106oz) and usually end up with about 16 ounces leftover)

Instructions

  1. Place everything except tomato sauce in a slow cooker.
  2. Fill the slow-cooker with tomato sauce and shake gently to move sauce down and into air pockets created by vegetables. Top the slow cooker with remaining sauce.
  3. Cook on the lowest setting for 8 hours. Using an immersion blender,puree everything until smooth.
  4. Taste for seasonings and add as necessary. Be careful – sauce will be hot!
  5. Continue cooking on low for another 2-4 hours. Sauce tastes better the longer the flavors meld.
  6. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Notes

** This recipe is designed to be made in a 6 quart slow cooker. Adjust measurements as needed if your slow cooker is a different size.

Keywords: Hearty Spaghetti Sauce