Slow cooker meat sauce

This pasta sauce was described as “spicy” in the Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook – while it’s far from what I would consider to be hot, it is might tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 (8 oz) cans sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion

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Combine all ingredients except the beef and onion in the slow cooker.

Cook beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain. 

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Add beef and onion mixture to slow cooker; stir well.

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Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. 

Discard bay leaf.

Combine cooked spaghetti or pasta to sauce and serve – any type of pasta that holds up to thicker, meatier sauces.

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Makes about 5 cups.

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