Lemony Meat Spaghetti Sauce

Course : Crockpot
Serves: 4
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2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, -- crushed
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt, -- or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon basil
15 ounces tomato sauce
12 ounces tomato paste
6 ounces sliced mushrooms, -- undrained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

Place meat, onion, green pepper and garlic into a large heated saucepan. Cook until meat loses its pink color. Remove mixture with a slotted spoon and put into a crockpot. Add brown sugar, seasonings, tomato sauce and tomato paste; mix well. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Stir in mushrooms, lemon peel and lemon juice; heat thoroughly. Spoon sauce over hot spaghetti and accompany with grated Parmesan cheese.

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