Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

slow cooker pasta sauce

Your whole family is sure to love this hearty and comforting Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce. Use the leftovers to make yummy stuffed peppers or a cast-iron skillet pizza. Find recipes in our 2016 Southern Slow Cooker Special Issue, available online or on newsstands! 

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce
Makes about 12 cups
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  1. 2 pounds lean ground beef
  2. 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  5. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  6. 8 sprigs fresh basil
  7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, crushed
  9. 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  10. ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  11. 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  12. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  13. 1 pound cooked pasta
  14. Garnish: grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ground beef and sausage over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbly, 6 to 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a 6-quart slow cooker, stir together cooked beef mixture, oil, and remaining ingredients (except cooked pasta and garnish). Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
  3. TO SERVE: Spoon 4 cups pasta sauce over 1 pound of cooked pasta. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
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