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Slow-cooker Meaty Italian Spaghetti Sauce

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  480 minutes
Course: main dish
Cusine: north american

Ingredients

2  lb bulk Italian pork sausage or ground beef 
2  large onions, chopped (2 cups) 
2  cups sliced fresh mushrooms (6 oz) 
3  cloves garlic, finely chopped 
1  can (28 oz) Muir Glen® organic diced tomatoes, undrained 
2  cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce 
1  can (6 oz) tomato paste 
1  tablespoon dried basil leaves 
1  teaspoon dried oregano leaves 
1  tablespoon sugar 
1/2  teaspoon salt 
1/2  teaspoon pepper 
1/2  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

Directions

1)   Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
2)   Spoon sausage mixture into cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3)   Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours.

Expert Tips
Ladle this versatile sauce into refrigerator or freezer containers; cover and refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 4 months. To thaw frozen spaghetti sauce, place container in the refrigerator about 8 hours.

Serve with penne pasta, Caeser salad and Italian bread.

Stir about 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley into the sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

 
Source:  www.bettycrocker.com

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