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Spaghetti with Sauce Italiano

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep 30 mins Cook 8 hrs to 10 hrs  (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high) Stand 5 mins
Spaghetti with Sauce Italiano
Ingredients
  • 1  pound  bulk Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1  cup  chopped onion (1 large)
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce cans  diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 4  ounce cans  mushroom stems and pieces, drained (optional)
  • 1 6  ounce can  tomato paste
  • 1  bay leaf
  • 1 - 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  chopped green sweet pepper (1 large)
  • 12 - 16  ounces  dried spaghetti
  •  Grated or finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
Directions

1. In a large skillet, cook meat, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

2. Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine undrained tomatoes, mushrooms (if desired), tomato paste, bay leaf, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Stir in meat mixture.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Discard bay leaf. Turn off cooker. Add sweet pepper; cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling, lightly salted water according to package directions; drain. Spoon meat mixture over pasta. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.

From the Test KitchenSpaghetti with Spicy Sausage-Cream Sauce:
  • Prepare as directed, substituting bulk hot Italian sausage for Italian sausage. Before serving, stir 1/2 cup whipping cream into sauce.
  • Nutrition Facts per serving for Spaghetti with Spicy Sausage-Cream Sauce: 621 cal., 30 g fat (15 g sat. fat), 78 mg chol., 1,514 mg sodium, 62 g carb., 6 g fiber, 28 g pro.
Nutrition Facts (Spaghetti with Sauce Italiano)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 548,
  • Fat, total (g) 25,
  • chol. (mg) 57,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 60,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 11,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • fiber (g) 6,
  • sugar (g) 11,
  • pro. (g) 22,
  • vit. A (IU) 1069,
  • vit. C (mg) 40,
  • sodium (mg) 1385,
  • calcium (mg) 71,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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