Sloppy Giuseppes (italian Sloppy Joes) - Mw Recipe

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Sloppy Giuseppes (Italian Sloppy Joes) - MW

Hope Wasylenki

By
@MizWasy

One day I wanted to make sloppy joes to take to work for a potluck, but didn't want to use canned "sloppy joe sauce" so I decided to make my own joes. I had ground beef and Italian sausage in the freezer and added a few other things and this recipe was born. My co-workers (and my hubby) raved over it. Bonus: if you have leftovers, it makes a great pasta sauce.

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Serves:

36

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

4 Hr

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

2 lb
lean ground beef
2 lb
italian sausage, no casings (sweet or hot - your choice)
12 oz
frozen bell pepper/onion blend
2 clove
garlic, minced (or 2 tsp pre-minced)
2 can(s)
(14 oz) stewed or diced tomatoes with garlic, olive oil & italian spices
4 c
pasta sauce
6 oz
tomato paste
36
sandwich buns

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Brown beef and sausage in a large skillet, drain grease. (Might have to cook this in 2 batches).
2
Put cooked meat into slow cooker liner, add pepper mix (break any really large pieces into smaller ones), garlic, mushrooms, bay leaves, tomatoes and pasta sauce.
3
Cook at high for 4 - 5 hours or on low for 7-9 hours. My preferred method is a combination of 2 hours on high and 3 hours on low.
4
Stir in tomato paste about 90 minutes prior to when timer is to go off. If your joe mixture seems a bit thin, turn cooker to high and leave lid off for about 30 minutes.
5
NOTES: I make this a couple times a year for potlucks at work, but sometimes it's just for us as my hubby loves to have this with cooked shells as a hearty meat sauce. We don't call them leftovers, they're "re-overs" since I try to do something different the 2nd time.

We also think it tastes even better the next day after everything has "married" overnight. It reheats beautifully, and I have even frozen portions to use with pasta.

Use 2 cups diced bell peppers and 1 cup chopped onion in place of the frozen ones. This is also easily suited to preferences - we love onions, so I add more.

I use home canned tomatoes when possible, since I include onion, peppers and italian spices when I'm canning.

Pasta sauce - any flavor will do, I usually use one with onion/garlic that's chunky.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #Slow-cooker