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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

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This is a slow cooker Bolognese style sauce, made with Italian sausage and ground beef, along with carrot, celery, tomatoes, and herbs and red wine. A wonderful, hearty pasta sauce for the slow cooker.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, remove from casing
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced, peeled tomato
  • 2 cans (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet
  • cooked pasta
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation:

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and sausage, breaking up while the meat cooks. Add onion, carrot, and celery after about 5 minutes; cook until onion is just tender. Drain well. Transfer ground meat mixture to the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta and cheese. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours. Make about 8 cups. Spoon over your favorite pasta. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Serves 8.

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