CP Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Registered: 07-23-2003
CP Spaghetti and Meatballs
Mon, 07-27-2009 - 8:55am
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

1 1/2 lb. browned ground beef
8 oz. or 1/2 pkg. mild (*or spicy hot) ground Italian sausage, browned with ground beef
8 Roma tomatoes, fine diced (you may want to use more) OR
1 (28 oz.) can whole Italian style tomatoes, cut up and undrained
1 pkg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 lg. onion, finely diced
1 large green bell pepper, finely diced
1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 (15 oz.) can tomato puree
2 to 3 cans (8 oz. ea.) tomato sauce
1 c. dry red wine
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper - or to taste
1 bay leaf
12 oz. dried pasta, cooked and drained
shredded Italian cheese

Brown ground beef and sausage till browned in large skillet. Meanwhile, combine remainder of ingredients, minus the pasta, in crock-pot. Cover and cook on high heat till meat is browned. Add browned meat and cover; turn Crock Pot to low and cook on low heat for 8 to10 hours, or you may cook on high heat for 4 to 5 hours. Remove bay leaf and discard.
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