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Slow-Cooked Smoky Spaghetti Sauce


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.