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Slow-Cooked Smoky Spaghetti Sauce

Slow-Cooked Smoky Spaghetti Sauce

Chipotle chiles add a wonderful smoky and spicy flavor to this slow-cooked spaghetti sauce.

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25 min
Prep Time
05 hrs 25 min
Total Time


1 pound lean ground beef

1 pound mild or hot Italian sausage

1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic

1 (28-ounce) can peeled Italian plum tomatoes

1 (29-ounce) can tomato puree

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt


Hot cooked rigatoni or spaghetti

Chopped fresh basil, if desired

Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine beef, sausage, onion and garlic in 12-inch skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned. Drain off fat.

  2. STEP 2

    Place meat mixture and all remaining ingredients except rigatoni, basil and cheese in slow cooker; stir. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6-8 hours.

  3. STEP 3

    Serve sauce over rigatoni. Sprinkle with basil and cheese, if desired.

Tip #1

- This sauce goes perfect with our Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups

Tip #2

- Chipotle chiles are dried and smoked jalapeños. They are most commonly purchased in cans packed with adobo sauce.

Nutrition (1 serving)

250 Calories
12 Fat (g)
50 Cholesterol (mg)
890 Sodium (mg)
16 Carbohydrates (g)
3 Dietary Fiber
19 Protein (g)
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