Slow Cooked Smoky Spaghetti Sauce

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

Yield

8 (1 1/4 cup) servings

Ingredients

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 purée
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon granulated (white) sugar
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
hot cooked rigatoni or spaghetti
chopped fresh basil
shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

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

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

Serve sauce over rigatoni. Sprinkle with basil and cheese.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

Additional Information

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

Make sauce ahead. Cover, store in refrigerator in container with tight-fitting lid up to 3 days or freeze in freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

Add desired amount of chipotles depending on how spicy you like your spaghetti sauce.

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

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 250; Fat: 12 g; Cholesterol: 50 mg; Sodium: 890 mg; Carbohydrates: 16 g; Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Protein: 19 g

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