The days of standing over a hot stove stirring a bubbling pot of sauce are long gone, thanks to this slow cooker recipe. With just 20 minutes of preparation, you can come home to a pot steaming with saucy Italian goodness ready to pour over your favorite pasta. This is a great dish to prepare the night before and then plop on top of the cooker in the morning and let it do its magic while you work or run errands all day.
This sauce is rich thanks to the sausage and ground beef, yet acidic and fresh thanks to all those plump tomatoes and Italian seasonings. But if you're a vegetarian, we've got a few adjustments you can make, too.
For the vegetarians out there, you can either omit the meat altogether for a light tomato sauce or substitute some veggies. We suggest 1/2 pound of mushrooms and 1/4 pound of zucchini because they're thick and meaty, and they'll absorb all those amazing spices while simmering all day.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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