The Only Spaghetti Sauce Recipe You'll Ever Need

Course : Crockpot
Serves: 4
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4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic -- minced
1 large onion -- finely chopped
15 ounces tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water*
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper -- optional
1 pound lean ground beef
28 ounces tomato puree
6 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil -- crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano -- crushed
2 pounds Italian sausage links -- cut in 1 inch pieces
1 pound fresh mushrooms -- sliced
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper -- optional

Preparation / Directions:

*or substitute 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup dry red wine. Brown and crumble ground beef in 2 tablespoons hot oil in frying pan. When almost browned, add onion and continue browning until onion is tender. Pour meat and onion into crockpot. Add puree, sauce, paste, water, salt, pepper and oregano and set dial on low setting. Cut 2 pounds sausage into pieces and brown in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. When brown, place sausages in sauce in crockpot. Continue cooking for 12 hours. (If you like your sauce sweeter, you could add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar to this.)

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