Monday, August 1, 2011

Slow Cooker Meat Sauce

We all have those days where we just don't have time to fuss over dinner but, still want to feed our family a good meal. I love to use my slow cooker for those days. There is nothing like coming home and smelling the wonderful aromas of something delicious cooking up in the kitchen. This is a quick recipe that you can throw together the night before in the slow cooker insert and put it in the refrigerator. The next morning before you start gettingt ready, take the insert out of the refrigerator and let it get to room temperature before placing in the slow cooker. For this recipe you will need:

1 Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. of ground beef
1/2 lb. of ground sweet or spicy italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 (45oz.) jars of Rinaldi Spaghetti Sauce
1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil, if using dried you will need 1 Tbs.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and let it get hot. Add the ground beef, sausage, green pepper, garlic and salt and pepper. Cook until the beef and sausage are no loner pink. Add this to the slow cooker insert. Pour the spaghetti sauce over this mixture. Add the basil and cook on low for 8 hours. When ready, cook some pasta and serve with some garlic bread. Top the sauce with some parmesan cheese and there you go. A wonderful meal for you and your family. Enjoy!!

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