Slow-Cooker Meaty Italian Spaghetti Sauce

This slow-cooked sauce is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Perfect for spaghetti night!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

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

  • 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, Caesar salad and Italian bread.

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
45),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
450mg
450%;
Total Carbohydrate
7g
7%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.