Slow Cooker Pasta Meat Sauce #CleanPlate
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A rich, red, thick Italian pasta sauce made with lean ground beef and herbs that is slow cooked in the Crockpot.
Serves: 5 heaping cups
  • 1 lbs. ground beef (lean)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz cans Contadina sauce
  • 1 15 oz can Contadina diced tomatos
  • 1 can (6 oz) Contadina tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (use ¼ tsp for a less spicy sauce)
  1. In a skillet over medium heat add ground beef, onion and garlic; stir the meat while breaking it apart. Cook until no longer pink. Drain the fat.
  2. In a Crockpot add the cooked meat mixture and add the remaining ingredients. Put the lid on the Crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Serve over big bowl of pasta or spaghetti squash and top with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley or basil.
Calories per ½ cup: 117, Fat: 1.8, Cholesterol: 25, Sodium: 406, Potassium: 228, Carbs: 12, Fiber: 1.5, Sugar: 5.5, Protein: 11
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Serving size: 11 servings at ½ cup
Recipe by Peanut Butter and Peppers at